Cree Youth Walk 850 Km. to Oppose Northern Quebec Uranium Mine
A group of 20 Cree youth from northern Quebec arrived in downtown Montreal earlier this week after walking 850 kilometres (528 miles) to protest uranium exploration and mining in their territory.
The delegation made a presentation to the province’s Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (Office of Public Hearings on the Environment, or BAPE) is it wound up a series of hearings on uranium development.
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“The group left Mistissini, a town northeast of Chibougamau, in the James Bay region, in late November,” CBC reports. “Youth Grand Chief Joshua Iserhoff said those they met along the way overwhelmingly supported a ban on uranium mining.”
Uranium was once a centrepiece of the province’s development plan for the north, and Boucherville-based Strateco Resources has invested $120 million in a uranium mine in Mistissini over the last decade.