Some information in it may no longer be current. Permits, licences and regulations. © Copyright 2020 The Globe and Mail Inc. All rights reserved. “There was no real and genuine attempt by the ministry or Landore to listen to Eabametoong’s concerns, provide feedback about those concerns and to discuss ways to meet those concerns,” the court said. The decision issued this week by a three-judge panel of the Divisional Court of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice reinforces the obligation of governments to reach out to First Nations, Inuit and Métis when development could affect their way of life. Then in July, 2014, they held a community meeting with land users that turned acrimonious. The ministry wrote to the First Nation saying the decision on the permit would be made on Feb. 16, 2016, and Eabametoong’s outstanding concerns would be taken into consideration. Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. Thank you for your patience. The Exploration Plans & Permits table (updated October 1, 2020) shows the submitted active Plans and Permits. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter . Then 20 cents/acre deposit for the second work period and 40 … Mining has been a part of Ontario's fabric since the dawn of civilization and it is an integral component of its high-tech, environmentally-conscious future. This article was published more than 2 years ago. Landore agreed to do both. Ken Coates, a Munk Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute who is an expert in Indigenous rights, said the Supreme Court confirmed that consultations must take place fairly, openly and transparently but left it up to future courts to clarify what meets that standard. firm, Ag funds now available to address COVID-19 challenges, Province commits to ‘historic investment’ in broadband, cellular access. To date, our work has clearly established a robust, scalable mining operation, while concurrently improving the surrounding environment through the progressive removal and reclamation of legacy works.". “Even when you get a victory that says you have a duty to consult and accommodate, unless you have a handbook that comes with it, these kinds of court decisions are going to be inevitable.”. Ontario's native population was the first to tap into the province's vast mineral wealth. “Disingenuous consultation is epidemic across Canada,” Ms. Robertson said. This form is used by employers in the mining sector to notify a Ministry of Labour inspector before a test drill is operated at the surface to prove mineral bearing substances, rock, earth, clay, sand or gravel. 351 King Street East, Suite 1600, Toronto, ON Canada, M5A 0N1, Ottawa launches online public consultation on plastic, marine waste, Sixties Scoop survivors meet for final consultation with Alberta officials, Saskatchewan First Nation demands consultation in relicensing of dams, Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. The chief at the time responded by saying Eabametoong wanted Landore officials to meet with the people who use the area, and to sign a memorandum of understanding outlining the company’s intentions. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Regulations for the agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas, telecom, health sectors and more. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Some information in it may no longer be current. This form is available on ServiceOntario. I think many Nations will feel vindicated by this decision and I hope it brings change.”, Elizabeth Atlookan, the Chief of Eabametoong, said the decision “goes a long way in making sure that both levels of government, as well as the companies that wish to come and do exploration or any other work going forward, follow proper procedures.". Company officials met with the chief and council in December, 2013. Eabametoong’s lawyer replied that Landore had terminated consultations and the promised memorandum of understanding had never been completed. Permit proposals will be posted for comment on the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Environmental Registry for 30 days. A permit for mineral exploration on the traditional territory of a remote First Nation has been cancelled by judges who say the Ontario … Notice of Magazine or Use of Explosives [Form 016-0075E] We hope to have this fixed soon. The judges agreed that the duty to consult was “at the lower end of the spectrum” in this case, both because the land had been surrendered to the Crown in a treaty in 1905, and because the permit was for simple exploration. Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. “Since first acquiring the project, we have worked very closely with the First Nations, local communities and regulators to materially advance the project and to transform a brownfields site into a sustainable modern mine.