NR – Indigenous communities, advocacy groups at the Canadian Energy & Mines Ministers Conference: “No Clean Growth without Clean Mining”
ST-ANDREWS, NB, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – As Energy & Mines Ministers from across Canada meet today under the theme of ‘Clean Growth’ for their annual conference in St-Andrews, New Brunswick, a delegation of regional and national Indigenous and advocacy groups, backed-up by a 40,000-strong petition, are urging the ministers to do much more to protect the environment and communities affected by mining in Canada.
“We’re not against ‘clean growth’ or ‘clean energy,’ but these must not be empty words. We’re here to alert the public and our governments that there are still serious problems with the way mining is done in this country, and that there can’t be any clean growth or clean energy without first having clean mining,” states Jacinda Mack, a community member affected by the Mount Polley Mine disaster in British Columbia in 2014 — the biggest mining spill in Canadian history.
Mack is now coordinator of the First Nations Women Advocating for Responsible Mining. “The need to respect Indigenous rights and community consent before mines are approved is also a major concern,” states Grand Chief Ron Tremblay of the Traditional Wolastoq Grand Council, which has been vocally opposed to the massive Sisson Mine project in the Nashwaak’s and St. Johns’River watersheds in New-Brunswick. .
For further information: Grand Chief Ron Tremblay, Traditional Wolastoq Grand Council, 506-455-1577; Jacinda Mack, First Nation Women Advocating for Responsible Mining, 250-302-9134; Ugo Lapointe, MiningWatch Canada, 514-708-0134; Tara Scurr, Amnesty International Canada, 250-703-1141; Tracy Glynn, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, 506-458-8747; Joan Kuyek, Independent Mining Analyst, 613-795-5710; Dr. David Chambers, Center for Science in Public Participation, 406-585-9854; Jackie McVicar, United for Mining Justice,