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To be politically astute, the mining sector collectively needs to understand and accommodate interests of other political players. This is not something that comes easily to those in the industry. Prospecting and developing, in particular, is a solitary and, at times, secretive pursuit. Certainly at the exploration stages, the initial process of discovering and staking one's claim to an exciting prospect is not one that is immediately broadcast to potential competitors. It is worth noting that this is not a cultural trait peculiar to Canada.
There is limited public recognition of the continuing importance of resource industries to Canada in general. One observer of the Canadian economy noted that: 'Perhaps the most important factor in Canada's ability to move forward is the attitudes and the mindset of individual Canadians ... '13 Political economists have often argued that the decline of Canada's staple-based economy was inevitable because of its failure to diversify, relying instead on the abundance of its natural resources to sustain its wealth.
This new form of interaction led to something that surprised many of the sceptics - a signed agreement. 17 2 Assessing the Situation: Challenges to the Mineral Industry1 The Whitehorse Mining Initiative was created in response to the Canadian mining industry's concern that its continued viability was threatened. The Canadian mining industry continues to be an important contributor to the Canadian economy and a world-leading producer and exporter. Public values and attitudes toward resource development, however, are changing.