Lac Simon takes Quebec to task on mining

By Marc Lalonde  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Anishnabe Council of Lac Simon (ACLS) joined in the chorus of Indigenous voices criticizing Quebec’s to force mining companies to consult First Nations on mining projects that would take place on their traditional unceded territories. Last week, the Lac Simon council joined the Barriere Lake Algonquin community in blasting the province’s inability to live up to its responsibility to make mining companies consult with Indigenous communities before approving mining claims. Barriere Lake was one of the communities that filed suit in Quebec Superior Court earlier this year in an effort to contest the constitutionality of parts of the province’s mining regulations. Anishnabe Council of Lac Simon Grand Chief Lucien Wabanonik said it’s long past time Quebec follow other provinces’ lead and adjusts…

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