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Atikameksheng Anishnawbek issues a formal response to Ontario government’s proposed Bill 71, Building More Mines – Anishinabek News

April 27, 2023

ATIKAMEKSHENG ANISHNAWBEK – After careful review and consideration of the impacts that Ontario’s Bill 71, Building More Mines Act, 2023, will have on the traditional territories of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Gimaa Craig Nootchtai and Council wish to issue a formal response to the Government of Ontario.

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek stands in solidarity with other First Nations in Ontario, including the Matawa Chiefs Council, in opposition to Bill 71’s clear disregard for First Nations inherent Treaty rights.

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek does not support Bill 71 as it has not been properly consulted and engaged during the review and amendment process of the Ontario Mining Act.

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek has five (5) mines operating on our asserted reservation lands and four (4) mines operating within our traditional territory. These mines were started without our free, prior, and informed consent, and continue to have a cumulative negative impact on the health and well-being of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

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