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First Nations in Ontario call for an one-year pause on mining claims filed online – National Observer

January 25th 2024

First Nations in Ontario are calling for a one-year pause on online mining claims, saying the system infringes on their right to proper consultation.

Ontario has a constitutional duty to consult Indigenous Peoples before allowing mining on their land. But on Wednesday, the Chiefs of Ontario said the province’s Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) has allowed prospectors to register mining claims online much faster than First Nations can respond.

“A 365-day moratorium is necessary,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare in a press release. “It will give First Nations communities the time that is required to assess the impacts of the MLAS, the effects of the mine claims currently being staked, as well as develop a process whereby meaningful and fulsome engagement and consultation can be integrated into the MLAS processes.”

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