In the middle of the pandemic, while Neskantaga was dealing with lockdowns, Canada’s longest boil-water advisory, and community evacuations, Ontario started the clock on a access road project that would enable a massive expansion of mining in the Ring of Fire.
In their haste to develop the road, the province imposed impossible deadlines, disregarded Neskantaga’s laws and protocols for community decision-making, and failed to accommodate the multiple crises the Nation was facing.
Now the Nation is headed to court to demand that their rights to be consulted be upheld according to UNDRIP.
1. To raise sufficient funds to support Neskantaga as the Nation goes to court.
2. Hold Canada accountable for upholding Indigenous Free, Prior and Informed Consent in accordance to UNDRIP.
3. To require ON and Canada to consult with Indigenous Peoples in accordance with Indigenous laws.
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