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Mapping Canada’s Mining Colonialism

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Intercontinental Cry reports on a new study from the The International Boreal Conservation Campaign (IBCC) that lays out how Canada’s “free mining” laws, a holdover from those quaint days of colonialism, is still resulting in First Nations communities being essentially stripped of their rights to natural resources.

From the release accompanying the report:

Over a half-million sq km of mineral claims are currently staked across Canada’s Boreal Forest under a “free entry” tenure system implemented 150 years ago during the Klondike gold rush era. Under the free entry system, mineral rights are acquired automatically without consideration of other land-use priorities or the prior and informed consent of affected Aboriginal people.

Also posted at IC, taken from the report, is the following map. I think it’s a must see for anyone who still wonders why First Nations communities continue the legitimate fight for management of their land and the resources found within them (click map to enlarge).

Written by Tim McSorley

May 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

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