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(en) ucl-saguenay: Call for solidarity with the Algonquin Nation of Barriere Lake. by Collectif Emma Goldman (fr) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:21:02 +0200

We relay the call by the Algonquin Nation of Barriere Lake that struggle against a mining project. Link to the original, here . ---- The Algonquin Nation of Barriere Lake has just learned that the Quebec government may grant, from Monday, December 19, 2016, permits that would enable the mining company Copper One to open mining roads and start mining boreholes in full heart of their traditional territory, despite his disagreement repeatedly expressed to the Government of Quebec in recent years. ---- In fact, the government had cooperated with the Nation in 2011 by suspending the claims of the Copper One company, the government reversed the decision earlier this year not even inform, consult or obtain the consent of the nation it which is contrary to respect for the most basic Aboriginal rights in Canada and abroad. This is also contrary to the respect of the negotiation process that was underway since 2015 between the Barriere Lake Nation and the Government of Quebec for an integrated co-management of land resources.

The Algonquin Nation of Barriere Lake is in favor of a responsible development of its territory, particularly via intelligent forestry, some hydroelectric development, hunting, fishing and other tourist activities, but it is totally opposed to mining, it considers incompatible with its lifestyle and its development visions - particularly because of the non-renewable nature of the resource and huge amounts of mining waste left behind for ever, in the territory.

The heart of the problem also lies in the fact that the Mining Act of Quebec, despite its reform in 2013, still does not respect the rights of Indigenous Nations in the field of information, consultation and consent before granting claims mining and execution of mineral exploration on the claimed territories.

Faced with this situation, the Algonquin Nation of Barriere Lake said now ready to undertake all necessary actions to prevent mining drilling begin, including any form of peaceful resistance in the field. Fearing the reactions of Copper One company, the police and the Government of Quebec to face their actions, Algonquin Nation appeals to solidarity and seeking the support of any person or organization for Quebec that the defense of indigenous rights priority.


1. Call or send an email now to the departments responsible in order to signify their disagreeing that any work of mine drilling be carried out on the territory of the Barriere Lake Algonquin Nation without their consent: ministre@mern.gouv.qc. ca, ministre@mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca, ministre.autochtones@mce.gouv.qc.ca, outaouais@mffp.gouv.qc.ca, carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca, 1-819-449- 3333, 1-800-363-7233, 1-418-627-6254 p.5700.

2. Give the "Assistance Fund of legal defense" that the Nation of Barriere Lake wants to create to support their legal action. You can donate directly online or by check.

3. Sign the petition to the National Assembly of Quebec online and send messages of solidarity: Facebook # LacBarrière #BarriereLake

4. Stay tuned for a possible solidarity rally in Barriere Lake in January, 2017 (more information to follow)

For more information:

Site Internet: www.solidaritelacbarriere.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarriereLakeSolidarity

Petition: www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/exprimez-votre-opinion/petition/Petition-6379/index.html

Le Devoir: www.ledevoir.com/societe/actualites-en-societe/485180/lac-barriere-l-assaut-des-minieres

CBC: http://www.rcinet.ca/fr/2016/11/21/congres-quebec-mines-priorite-au-respect-des-droits-des-autochtones/

Echo Abitibien: www.lechoabitibien.ca/actualites/politique/2016/10/11/opposition-a-un-projet-minier-dans-la-reserve-la-verendrye.html

Press Conference in the National Assembly Michel Thusky (5: 45min)

Michel Thusky (Fr), Algonquin Nation of Barriere Lake: 819-215-0591

Norman Matchewan (En), Algonquin Nation of Barriere Lake: 819-441-8006

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