Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Petition: Moratorium on all Mining Activities in the territory of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake

Petition: Moratorium on all Mining Activities Within the territory of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake

Please sign and share widely. 



CONSIDERING THAT the majestic La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve of Québec and neighbouring lands are under threat from mining;

CONSIDERING THAT in 1991, a Trilateral Agreement was signed by Canada, Québec and the Algonquins of Barriere Lake to develop a land management plan for the sustainable development of renewable resources and the continuation of the traditional activities by the Algonquins of Barriere Lake;

CONSIDERING THAT mining could pose a threat to the Algonquins of Barriere Lake's culture and way of life and to this draft land management plan;

CONSIDERING THAT the Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources has given the green light for mining staking and exploration, particularly an 80-kilometre claim from a junior mining company Copper One Inc. without the consent or consultation with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake who have lived there for millennia;

CONSIDERING THAT any mine in the region would contaminate water, affect wildlife, and negatively impact the health and way of life of the Algonquin peoples living there;

CONSIDERING THAT we are in solidarity with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, environmental groups and wildlife users;
We, the undersigned, call on the Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources to completely ban all mining activity (staking, exploration, development) within the 1991 Trilateral Agreement Territory of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake (La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve Region).

Signing deadline : February 10, 2017

Ottawa: Indigenous Land Defence: An Evening with Speakers and Multimedia

Indigenous Land Defence: An Evening with Speakers and Multimedia

Wednesday, December 7
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Bronson Centre (Mac Hall) 
211 Bronson Ave 
Ottawa & livestream online

Standing Rock #NoDAPL
Chaudière Falls sacred site
Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion
... and (as a fundraiser - all levels of donations welcome - for):
Algonquins of Barriere Lake - No Mining! Land Defenders Camp

Childcare is planned to be available on site.

Event contact: org4justice@gmail.com

Event web post & livestream info:

Background info & email sign-up: www.BarriereLakeSolidarity.org

** Support Barriere Lake via paypal even if you don't attend in person:

Special event this Wednesday evening to celebrate and support Indigenous land defence - and a fundraiser for Algonquins of Barriere Lake land defenders camp. *Timed to coincide with AFN chiefs meetings in Gatineau Dec 6-8.
Also please share; and here are print PDFs for offline distro:
- Poster https://t.co/3qxCO1MFx8 -&- Flyers https://t.co/9rokj1NFbX

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

No Mining on Barriere Lake Algonquin Lands
Please Support the Land Protection Camp!

The Algonquins of Barriere Lake have set-up a land protection camp at a proposed mining site in the heart of their territory, where core sample drilling is scheduled to begin at any time.The drilling would require construction of access roads and tree cutting, as well as the disposal of drilling debris and waste water. The mining claim covers over 300 square kilometers of Barriere Lake’s land base (see map), which contains the La Vérendrye wildlife reserve. The staked area is abundant with lakes, wetlands and waterways and is an important hunting and fishing area for Barriere Lake families.
The mineral claims were staked under the “fee mining” system without the free prior informed consent of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. While a number of companies hold mining claims in the territory, it is junior mining company Copper One that holds the largest number of claims and which is planning to do exploration work this fall and winter. This development comes after the company’s claims were suspended by Quebec following Barriere Lakes stating their opposition to mining in the territory. Neither Quebec nor the company gave Barriere Lake any notification of the change in status of the claims.
Please donate at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JU3W8CQVB5Y2A to support the ongoing costs of the community's land protection camp. This camp is the most direct and effective way to support the protection of this ecosystem!
This proposed mining project perpetuates the colonial relationship where Canada, Quebec and private corporations collaborate to dispossess Indigenous peoples of their lands, means of subsistence and culture.. In the words of elder Michel Thusky, Copper One’s mining project is an attempt “to bury our cultural identity alive under the debris of mining tailings.” By saying no to mining, Barriere Lake is asserting care for Algonquin people, the land, and future generations. The Algonquins of Barriere Lake have consistently opposed mining activity on their ancestral and current-use territory. They assert their rights and jurisdiction in the spirit of co-existence embodied in the 1991 Trilateral Agreement, the 1998 Bilateral Agreement, and subsequent proposals for resource co-management with the federal and provincial governments that have largely been ignored so that our lands can remain “open for business” to unsustainable development. Despite Barriere Lake’s persistent opposition to this work and insistence that this mine cannot go forward, in August 2016 Copper One raised $2.4 million dollars for exploration work.
“We will take all necessary but peaceful measures to protect our waters, lands and wildlife” says Councillor Norman Matchewan. At the request of the community, Barriere Lake Solidarity is fundraising to cover the ongoing expenses of the land protection camp and monitoring of the territory, as well as for any future legal fees, which may be necessary to stop mining exploration and activity on the land. Please give generously at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JU3W8CQVB5Y2A and share our fundraising call widely. All funds raised will go directly to the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, to use towards their efforts to protect the land.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Algonquins Hold an Information Toll on Highway 117 to Inform Travelers About Quebec Lifting a Mining Moratorium Threatening Waters, Lands & Wildlife

Press release

(Kitiganik, Algonquin Territory/October 10, 2016) As part of the National Indigenous Day of Action the Algonquins of Barriere Lake are placing an Information Toll on Highway 117, which runs through their ancestral territory, recognized in 1991 by a Trilateral Land Management Agreement with Canada and Quebec.

A junior mining company, Copper One, intends to begin drilling on the territory within days and within the La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve. The Ministry of Natural Resources is allowing them to proceed, without any consultation or transparency.

In June 2016, while the Council was negotiating a Draft Implementation Agreement with Quebec to implement the 1991 and 1998 Agreements the Quebec government stealthily lifted the moratorium on mining on their ancestral (and current-use) Trilateral Agreement Territory, which had been in force since 2011.

The moratorium on mining activities was lifted unilaterally by the Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources without any prior advice to, or consultation with, the Algonquin Peoples’ as directed by the Supreme Court of Canada in recent case-law.

In August, 2016, representatives of the Algonquin Peoples’ had specifically asked for confirmation from the Special Representative of Quebec, Mr. Mario Gibeault, that no mining activities were contemplated on the Seaman forestry sector located on their ancestral (and current-use) Trilateral Agreement Territory, and had obtained written confirmation on August 6, 2016, that no mining activities were contemplated;

As a result of the lifting of the moratorium, the mining company Copper One announced immediately after that it was preparing to start mining activities on their ancestral (and current-use) Trilateral Agreement Territory;

Mining activities are completely incompatible with both the terms and intent of the Trilateral Agreement of 1991, the Bilateral Agreement with Quebec of 1998, and the 2006 Joint Recommendations from Special Representatives of Quebec and Barriere Lake, which is to ensure the continuation of our Algonquin Peoples’ traditional activities and the sustainable use of renewable resources, the very reason the moratorium was imposed five years ago, paradoxically the mining activities contemplated are to take place within Quebec’s largest Wildlife Reserve.

The Algonquin Peoples’ have forcefully and consistently voiced their opposition to mining activities on their ancestral (and current-use) Trilateral Agreement Territory. As such, no mining activity (staking, exploration or development) will be accepted on their ancestral (and current-use) Trilateral Agreement Territory.

Barriere Lake Councillor and Spokesperson, Norman Matchewan stated “We are urging all those who use and appreciate the land, waters, fish and wildlife of this area – those with whom we share our territory – to join us in opposing a new, and more damaging type of development here. We will be reaching out to like-minded groups across Quebec and beyond to work with us to ensure the exploration activities Copper One has in mind do not happen. We invite everyone to join us in this effort. Rest assured, we will do what we must to protect the land.”