New Drilling and Mine Project Threatens Moose Cree
Homeland in Boreal Forest
The Ministry of Northern Development
and Mines has indicated that a decision is imminent on a proposed drilling
project in north eastern Ontario in the Boreal Forest. Moose Cree has rejected the project
from the outset and calls on Ontario to withdraw the permit. Wildlands League
stands with Moose Cree.
Chief Patricia Faries wrote about it
in a recent letter
to Premier Wynne,
North French River is one of the last sources of clean water for our people.
Its protection and preservation are of paramount importance that’s why we
deemed it permanently protected in 2002 and reaffirmed it in 2015. The South
Bluff Creek is highly used by our members and has camps all along it. You can
still drink the water from the creek and the sensitive wetland area supports
brook trout, moose, black bear and boreal caribou. Families that occupy the
area are united in their opposition to this project.
Google Earth image of site where Niobay plans to drill. One can still see the lingering effects of historic cut lines, trails and clearings crisscrossing the site. Ontario says there are "no signs of negative ongoing environmental effects" from the significant drilling in late 1960s. Above image shows that after almost 50 years the land has not recovered.
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Chief further clarified, “It is not a matter of our community needing more time
to better understand the economics of the project. Moose Cree will not allow
any industrial development here ever”.
lands and waters also matter to Ontario and Canada as one of the last sources
of clean drinking water for this part of the province. The area provides
critical habitat for threatened boreal caribou, migratory birds and aquatic
life. And its sensitive wetlands store a tremendous amount of carbon that need
to be maintained in order to help stave off the worst impacts of global climate
you can help
speak up and tell Ontario that the drilling permit should be withdrawn and
Ontario should work with Moose Cree First Nation to safeguard these Boreal
lands and waters in the Moose Cree Homeland permanently.
Your message will be sent to: Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne
cc: Minister Kathryn McGarry, Natural Resources and Forestry