‘We want a meaningful agreement’: Gull Bay blockades road to Lac Des Iles Mine
Members of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek – Gull Bay First Nation have set up a blockade on the road leading to the Lac Des Iles Mine, with the community’s chief declaring it will be in place either until there is a negotiated deal or “hell freezes over.”
The turnoff to the mine off Highway 527 was barricaded with a camp set up for members on Thursday, and Gull Bay chief Wilfred King said the community will continue to exercise its inherent rights to its traditional territory until the mine complies with a list of demands.
“This mine operates right in the core of our territory,” King said. “We’re here to show the mine and also all parties that this operation impacts Gull Bay. We’re here to assert and claim our rights to the territory.”
The North American Palladium owned mine, north of Thunder Bay, has been in operation for 25 years.
“There’s been very little benefits realized by our community as a result of this operation. We’ve had some deals in the past and we felt there was still no respect for our community,” King said.
“We had tried to work with middle management at the facility and they don’t seem to want to recognize Gull Bay’s concerns, whether they be environmental, whether they be working in conjunction with our business partners as well.”
OPP in a statement said police are working with the protest organizers to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity to exercise their lawful rights and to ensure public safety and order. – Tbnewswatch
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…the community’s chief declaring it will be in place either until there is a negotiated deal or “hell freezes over.”…
Well, good luck with that.
What we see here is what is know as extortion. Give us money and we will go away.
I suspect hell will “freeze over” sooner than anyone thinks.
…OPP in a statement said police are working with the protest organizers to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity to exercise their lawful rights and to ensure public safety and order….
This is legal?