Brewery Creek Mine is a project that was revived by Golden Predator; the company saw this as an open door to have the chance to work on the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nations (“THFN”). The focus is to maintain the environment’s state as well as protect it from any further impairment. The Brewery Creek Mine is known for being the world’s first ever sub-arctic heap leach operation and was designed at a high standard. The mine was put into temporary closure in 2002, following the gold price collapse of 2000. It took less than a year for the heap leach field to be detoxified. The reclamation for Brewery Creek is award-winning and due to the temporary shut-down of the mine, both flora and fauna have flourished. In 2009, Golden Predator took over the responsibility and intended to maintain this high standard as they restart this project and it’s operations. The Brewery Creek Mine operates with zero water discharge from operations and there are no environmental legacy issues/ liabilities from the previously operating mine.
During reclamation, an invasive species management program was implemented to remove small amounts of red clover. It was made use of during the reviving process, although this species is not indigenous to the Yukon. This program is operated in cooperation with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation. Due to the ample amounts of dandelions and fireweed on site, a bee colony was established. This also sparked an interest from the Elders for potential honey harvesting on site. Brewery Creek Mine has an abundance of fresh water, food sources and is a pesticide-free environment. Golden Predator offered to provide assistance on this project, as it became a key interest to the community. They work with a 100% Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen-owned environmental monitoring company. This company conducts all of the water and compliance sampling.
Brewery Creek is continuously considering and evaluating different economic mining methods to improve, if not maintain, the already high quality standards; this includes reducing its carbon footprint, and respecting the interest/ concerns of all the shareholders, stakeholders and partners.