Ecojustice Blog – Nature Posted on April 13, 2017 (updated: April 24, 2017)

We’re going to court to protect Indigenous land rights

Devon PageLawyer
La Verendrye reserve photo by P199

Mining projects have a horrible history when it comes to the environment. We’ve all seen the long-lasting impacts they have on land, water and communities — we need to look no further than the Mount Polley disaster as a prime example.

That’s why the Mitchikanibikok Inik First Nation (also known as the Algonquins of Barrière Lake) have adamantly said ‘no’ to this type of development in their traditional territory. But late last year, this ‘no’ was ignored.

In 2016, mining company, Copper One, filed an application to force the Quebec government to approve forestry permits for mining exploration purposes on Mitchikanibikok Inik land — without prior consultation or consent of the community.

We could not stand by and let this happen. With help from our friends at the centre Québécois du droit de l’environnement, we sprung to action.

The Mitchikanibikok have a constitutional right to use their traditional lands — a mine in this region would put that in jeopardy.

In the coming months, we will be helping the Mitchikanibikok Inik First Nation intervene in Copper One’s proceedings against the Quebec government.

The Mitchikanibikok Inik people have repeatedly said that mining cannot occur in their ancestral territory.

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