Trickery and bad faith is a term Australian mining experts are familiar with, but Canada’s a country apart.
The Ontario government approved permits for a mine and explosives operation in the province using a Canadian map that uses incorrect information, a local First Nation says.
The Attawapiskat First Nation received official permits from the Ontario government for blasting operations with explosives and hydropower development by companies including Tar Mills.
The mining company said on its website that the mine project is located on Treaty Four land.
“Tar Mills Canada is proud to continue to work with the province of Ontario and the Attawapiskat First Nation toward realization of a well-planned and well-executed project,” the company said.
But the Attawapiskat First Nation’s chief, Oneil Lake, said the area is an exception to British Columbia’s Northern Affairs Canada territory and called the mines “illegal.”
“The province of Ontario … gave a go-ahead for these dangerous mining operations in the middle of an emergency and never consulted the community. This site is built on Treaty Four territory. This area will never see a direct development that violates treaty law,” he said in a press release.
The Attawapiskat First Nation provided images and maps that purportedly show what Canada’s official land map says it is – land claim land and treaty territory.
It said it provided the documents to the government in June and Ontario said in a statement that it will review how the maps were used.