In June 2016, while the community was negotiating an agreement with Quebec to implement 1991 and 1998 agreements, the
Quebec government stealthily lifted the moratorium on mining on their
ancestral and current-use 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 community, as clearly expected according to the
Supreme Court of Canada.
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 the community's culture and the
sustainable use of renewable resources.
While the government announced its “intention” to “temporarily” suspend
the claims of Copper One on the territory of the Algonquins of Barriere
Lake on January 26th, 2017, the long term scenario remains uncertain. The
Algonquin Nation, located largely within the La Vérendrye Wildlife
Reserve, asks for public support in order to protect their culture, the
land, the waters and the wildlife, which are all interconnected.
Third Party Management
In 2006, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs imposed third party management (TPM) to the Algonquins of Barriere Lake due to a $83,000 deficit, which has since been paid many times over in government-imposed accountant fees.
While the Third Party Manager Lemieux-Nolet is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars from band funds, a community member is living in the basement of a burned out home with his family because not a single new house has been built in the community in 11 years.