FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Logging proceeds without consent on territory of Algonquins of Barriere Lake
Resolute Forest Products, formerly Abitibi Bowater, logging land that includes sacred grounds
In a letter sent to Premier Charest on July 4, elder Gabriel Wawatie
states: “As one of the main harvesters, I was not properly consulted
nor provided a written consent to this logging within our territory.”
the lack of consultation, the Ministry of Natural Resources office in
Maniwaki issued permits for the logging to take place.
Wawatie’s letter continues: “This clearly demonstrates your
ministry’s lack of respect of the highest court ruling on the duty to
consult and accommodate First Nations,” referring to the Supreme Court
ruling on Haida Nation vs. British Columbia Ministry of Forests.
“Therefore we are requesting that you cease logging operations in our
In recent years, the community of Barriere Lake has resisted
numerous resource extraction projects slated for their land. Most
recently, members of the community confronted mining company Copper One
at the company’s AGM in Montreal, opposing their mining exploration on
Barriere Lake territory.
Contact: Norman Matchewan, 819-435-2171
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