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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wolf Lake and Eagle Village Algonquin Nations Press Release: On Friday March 4, 2011, representatives from two Algonquin First Nations, Eagle Village and Wolf Lake, presented mining representatives of Matamec Exploration Inc. with a process to review a proposed open-pit rare earth elements mine in their traditional territory. The leadership of the two Algonquin communities want to ensure there is a review process that addresses their constitutional rights as well as respecting their culture, knowledge, and uses of the land.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Joint news release with EARTHWORKS: First Nations and environmentalists are urging a major international financial institution to say "no" if Taseko Mines Ltd. seeks funding for its revised proposal for the open-pit Prosperity mine, which would threaten the traditional way of life of the Tsilhqot'in people and a celebrated trout lake high in the Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

News release: MiningWatch Canada is deeply dismayed by legal actions taken by a Quebec oil and gas exploration company against Ugo Lapointe, a spokesperson for the Coalition Québec meilleure mine. MiningWatch is a founding member of the coalition and wishes to express its solidarity and support for Mr. Lapointe. It is MiningWatch’s belief that the case is a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) and an attempt to intimidate Mr. Lapointe and stifle critical dialogue about necessary reforms to Quebec’s mineral regime.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

News release: A crucial vote on whether to extend the debate of the Environmental Bill of Rights Act is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd. The Bill has been working its way through Parliament for a number of years now, and is a only few amendments away from completion and a third reading vote.

Friday, January 14, 2011

News release: For the last three days MiningWatch Canada’s Canada Program Coordinator Ramsey Hart has been participating in a delegation examining the uranium mining industry in Saskatchewan. The group of thirty made stops in Regina, Saskatoon, at the Rabbit Lake Mine and at a mill in northern Saskatchewan.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

News release from Matawa First Nations: While regional municipalities from Thunder Bay to Sudbury compete for site selection for the smelter facility and construction route of a transportation corridor into our traditional territory, our First Nations who actually live in the Ring of Fire have not yet been invited to the table to even initiate discussions over community impacts.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

(Ottawa) Following Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's kick-off to his pre-budget consultations in Toronto Friday, Canadian environmental organisations released their priority recommendations for the 2011 federal budget, including measures that could save the government well over $800 million per year.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development is currently hearing witnesses on a Bill C-469, An Act to establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, a private member’s bill introduced by Linda Duncan, NDP MP for Strathcona (Edmonton).

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tsilhqot’in National Government news release: Political contribution records show that Taseko Mines Ltd suddenly began funding the BC Liberal Party as the province moved towards an environmental review of its Prosperity mine proposal. DFO letters show that the department – which has continued to object to the net losses that would still result from Taseko’s plan to build a small fake lake reservoir to replace Teztan Biny – declared the project out of bounds 15 years ago.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam News Release: (Mani-Utenam/Sept-Íles, Québec) Despite recent statements by Labrador Iron Mines (LIM) and the approval of its operating permits by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, there are several outstanding issues to be resolved between the company and the Innu of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam (ITUM). In fact, ITUM has a court case pending in Newfoundland & Labrador challenging the company's permits, based on the failure of the Crown to duly consult & accommodate the Innu.