First Nation in northwestern Ontario granted temporary injunction to prevent mineral exploration – CBC

First Nation in northwestern Ontario granted temporary injunction to prevent mineral exploration – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 7, 202168 Views

Sep 07, 2021

Court orders province, Ginoogaming First Nation to continue consultation before January court date

A First Nation in Treaty 9 in northwestern Ontario is celebrating a legal win that will see a sacred area in its lands temporarily protected from mineral exploration activities.

A judge with the Ontario Superior Court ruled in favour of Ginoogaming, a First Nation about 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont., granting a temporary injunction to stop mining exploration in Wiisinin Zaahgi’igan, a sacred area considered by the First Nation to be its “breadbasket, its church, its heartland, its graveyard and its hospital.”

The injunction is part of a larger legal battle in northwestern Ontario, one that some have said could set a precedent in Canada that would establish the inherent and treaty right of First Nations to protect sacred areas.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/ginoogaming-injunction-granted-1.6164824

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