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Quebec holds consultations on James Bay lithium mine with Cree of Eeyou Istchee – APTN News

Jan 30, 2023

Feds give greenlight to mine but Cree trappers still have concerns.

The province of Quebec is holding a series of consultations with the Cree of Eeyou Istchee as it prepares a report on whether to approve the James Bay lithium mine.

The federal government, which approved the mine on Jan. 16, says it’s ready to make the mine part of their Critical Minerals Strategy – but some Cree community members are concerned about how the mine will transform their ancestral territory.

The mining project, spearheaded by Australia-based Allkem-Galaxy Resources Ltd and approved by Canada on Jan. 16, has an estimated mine life of 15 to 20 years and is expected to produce on average 5,480 tonnes of ore per day.

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The 271 conditions attached include mandating that Allkem-Galaxy continue to collaborate with the Cree Health Board and trappers, monitor wildlife populations, treat mining water tailings and develop a program to make sure Cree have continued access to wild game.

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