POLITICS

Several Manitoba chiefs hold anti-mining rally in Winnipeg

11/15/2012 08:51 EST | Updated 01/15/2013 05:12 EST
WINNIPEG - Several Manitoba First Nations are expressing disappointment in how the province has managed the mining industry at what they say is the expense of aboriginal communities.

At a rally Thursday afternoon, Mathias Colomb Chief Alren Dumas said HudBay Minerals has opened 26 mines over 85 years extracting 145 million tonnes of ore from their ancestral lands.

But Dumas says it has left no positive legacy for the community.

Other chiefs complained of a lack of consultation on various projects, and undertakings such as drilling permits.

MKO Grand Chief David Harper says Manitoba has failed to engage First Nations on benefit and revenue sharing from the mines, minerals and natural resources extracted from their ancestral lands.

(CJOB)