Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Statement: Eabametoong First Nation celebrates victory in overturning Landore mining exploration permitJuly 18, 2018 2:42 pm
(Toronto, ON, July 18, 2018) Yesterday, Eabametoong First Nation announced that the Divisional Court of Ontario overturned a drilling exploration permit issued by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Mines, Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs granted to Landore Resources Canada, against Eabametoong’s objections. This decision is an important victory for all First Nation communities who struggle with Duty to Consult practices in Ontario.
“On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I want to acknowledge the leadership and perseverance of Eabametoong First Nation, led by Chief Elizabeth Atlookan, which resulted in a significant legal victory for the community, and a precedent setting victory for other First Nation communities impacted by resource development projects in Ontario” said Regional Chief Archibald. “We need to move beyond straining relationships, resources and capacity of First Nations communities through litigation, and embrace the many Supreme Court decisions pointing to the need for significant dialogue and the United Nations Declaration articles on Free, Prior and Informed Consent, as the foundation of meaningful consultation.”
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald stated: “Hopefully this decision will open up dialogue between proponents and First Nations resulting in far more partnerships and resolution to issues – in advance of litigation. If we are to create prosperity and positive relationships between all parties, we have to move past the current atmosphere that strains relationships between First Nations, governments, and stakeholders. Proponents and Ontario could be working with these communities in true partnership to recognize and protect First Nation rights, interests and participation – creating positive relationships. First Nations, because of their Treaty and Inherent Rights have an important role in building prosperity for all of Ontario.”
The Chiefs of Ontario is an advocacy organization, and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada.
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