Northern Ontario First Nation awaits ruling over contested mining exploration permit (CBC News Thunder Bay – February 12, 2018)

Eabametoong asking court to overturn Landore Resources Canada’s gold exploration permit to

A northern Ontario First Nation now waits for a court ruling over a contested mining exploration permit in its territory after hearings in Toronto wrapped up last week.

Lawyers representing Eabametoong First Nation were in Ontario divisional court on Feb. 7 and 8. The First Nation wants the panel of judges to overturn a permit issued in its territory by the province to Landore Resources Canada in 2016. Eabametoong has argued the province failed in its duty to consult.

“Our position isn’t really anything new that we’re asking the courts to do, in terms of extending the duty to consult beyond what’s already been established,” said Krista Robertson, a Victoria-based lawyer with JFK Law, and legal counsel to the First Nation.

“[It] specifically has to do with the steps the Crown took or didn’t take and that Landore … how they conducted the consultation is the concern here.”

Landore was eyeing potential gold deposits in an area with two lakes about 40 kilometres from Eabametoong First Nation where several families had camps, traplines and burial sites. Eabametoong is about 350 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont.

The First Nation is alleging that a planned second community meeting in Eabametoong with company officials never happened, despite an agreement to hold one. Instead of a meeting, “Ontario wrote a letter to the nation saying ‘you have 10 days to give us your final comments in writing and we intend to make a decision,'” Robertson said.

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