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Canadian First Nation challenges DeBeers’ mine waste plans – The Northern Miner

April 6, 2021

Canada’s Attawapiskat First Nation it’s challenging the construction of a new mine landfill near the community in the province of Ontario, which is being proposed by diamond miner giant DeBeers.

The Anglo American unit has been seeking provincial approval for a place to dispose mine demolition waste from the Victor Diamond mine, which is being decommissioned.

The planned location, the Attawapiskat First Nation said, is part of its traditional territory — about 90 km west of the community in the vulnerable James Bay wetlands. The area is place of critical cultural, spiritual and subsistence importance to the Kattawapiskak Cree people, the group noted.

DeBeers Canada said last year it had been in consultation with the First Nation, as well as the federal government, regarding its plans to store 97,000 cubic meters of waste from the Victor diamond mine. The figure is below the threshold which would trigger a comprehensive environmental assessment under Ontario law.

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