Casework: Mining Justice and Indigenous Rights

CELA was formerly retained to represent the Friends of the Attawapiskat River in their actions to amplify the voice of Indigenous community members living downstream of the proposed Ring of Fire mineral development.

The Friends are an Indigenous, community-led organization comprised of community members, elders and youth from Attawapiskat and surrounding communities, including Neskantaga, Peawanuck, Kashechewan and Fort Albany First Nations. 

The Friends were formed in response to concerns that the communities living downstream of anticipated development in Ontario’s Ring of Fire did not have adequate access to information and their concerns were not being meaningfully considered in consultation processes.

Visit the Friends of Attawapiskat River on Facebook!

Indigenous advocate Mike Koostachin discusses meaningful consultation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With thanks to graduate students from the Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph for this video providing an overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for the Ring of Fire.