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Quebec Innu upset with IOC's deal with Labrador Innu

The Telegram reported that First Nations groups have claim to territory where the company is conducting mining operations.


Two Innu First Nations groups in Quebec are claiming rights over lands in Labrador where the Iron Ore Company of Canada has already concluded an agreement with Labrador’s Innu Nation.

The Uashat mak Mani utenam and Matimekush Lac John Innu First Nations in Quebec are objecting to IOC’s claims that the company has settled aboriginal issues regarding IOC’s projects on an area they said is their traditional territory. The groups are calling on the IOC to come to an agreement with them as well.

The request comes shortly after IOC signed an agreement with the Labrador Innu Nation, which the groups consider, a curious development considering the fact their groups have rights to the area.

Mr Real Mckenzie chief of Matimekush Lac John said that “We have never ceded nor otherwise lost our rights to our traditional territory, our Nitassinan, which territory we have possessed, occupied and administered since time immemorial. Governments and the mining industry allow other aboriginal groups with no legitimate claim to our territory to encroach on our lands at our expense. We can no longer tolerate such an attitude which aims to capture our resources and the benefits which derive from them.”

Mr McKenzie said that the Innu’s frustration has never been higher and he was disappointed to hear that after four years of talks with the company, it opted to sign an agreement with groups that it says are not the main parties. It is going to take much more than that agreement if IOC intends to turn the page and move forward. After over 70 years of IOC violating our rights, we cannot take it anymore.”

Source - The Telegram

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