The Government of Yukon recognizes excellence in mining practices

The Government of Yukon has recognized two companies this year for the Robert E. Leckie Awards for excellence in environmental stewardship, outstanding social responsibility and innovation in mining practices. 

The Leckie Award for Responsible and Innovative Exploration and Mining Practices went to Slate River Mining. The company is being recognized for innovation and best practices at its placer operations. This included its use of forested leave-strips, a small equipment footprint, low fuel usage and solar systems for camp electricity.

The Leckie Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship in Quartz Mining went to Selwyn Chihong Mining Limited. In 2020, Selwyn removed a significant amount of waste materials including hazardous waste remaining from the previous operator. Selwyn also tested soil on the site for potential contamination and relocated contaminated soil to its onsite facility for treatment. 

The Leckie awards honour miners for their exceptional reclamation and restoration efforts. I extend my sincere congratulations to this year’s recipients. On behalf of all Yukoners, I congratulate them for the work they have done and the positive steps they have taken to demonstrate a responsible, community minded mineral sector. 

Minister of Energy, Mines & Resources John Streicker

Quick facts 
  • The Leckie Awards acknowledge companies who have demonstrated excellence in environmental stewardship, outstanding social responsibility, leadership and innovation in mining practices.

  • The awards are given in honour of Robert (Bob) E. Leckie, a Mayo mining inspector and innovator who was dedicated to the development of progressive land use practices for mining.


Renee Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

Sue Thomas
Communications, Energy, Mines & Resources

Todd Powell
Director, Mineral Resources Branch

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