COURT UPHOLDS FIRST NATION’S RIGHT TO CONSULTATION AS MINING PERMIT REVOKED
THUNDER BAY, ON (July 17, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler applauds Chief Elizabeth Atlookan and Council following today’s ruling that revokes a mining exploration permit due to inadequate consultation with Eabametoong First Nation:
“We applaud Chief Atlookan and Council, and are encouraged that the duty to consult and the recognition of First Nations’ harvesting and cultural activities in their traditional territories were upheld in this decision. NAN First Nations are committed to defending and asserting their rights in all activities on their homelands, and we are pleased that the court has ruled in favour of Eabametoong.”
Today, Ontario’s Divisional Court overturned an exploration permit issued by the province to Landore Resources Canada in 2016 despite opposition from the community. The Court found that the Government of Ontario failed to consult honorably with Eabametoong, and that the company failed to consult as required by Ontario.
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