Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak

August 03, 2011 15:33 ET

Mineral Exploration Project on the Quebec-Labrador Border: The Innu of Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam Demand Respect from Cap-Ex Ventures

UASHAT MAK MANI-UTENAM, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2011) - The Innu of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam (ITUM) are outraged by the arrogance of Vancouver-based Cap-Ex Ventures Ltd., which hopes to develop a potentially large iron ore deposit on the border between Quebec and Labrador, an area in which ITUM holds trap lines recognized by governments. In order to have their voices heard, ITUM will visit the exploration site in August, and demand that Cap-Ex Ventures' management immediately cease these reprehensible activities on the territory and honour their word.

"The development of the mineral potential of the Labrador Trough must absolutely respect the rights of Aboriginal Peoples, as required by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Cap-Ex Ventures' actions are in complete violation of these fundamental principles and even disregard agreements Cap-Ex Ventures made with ITUM as recently as June 24. It must stop immediately," stated Chief Georges-Ernest Grégoire.

ITUM also finds it unfortunate that Cap-Ex Ventures' disrespectful attitude reflects negatively on other mining companies that are hoping to develop the mineral potential of Quebec and Labrador in a manner that respects the environment, local populations and First Nations values. "Other mining companies as well as investors must be made aware of Cap-Ex Ventures' attitude. We must all keep our eyes and ears open and remain vigilant to ensure that this way of doing things does not become the norm," added Chief Grégoire.

Contact Information

  • Source :
    Georges-Ernest Gregoire
    Chief
    418 409-5626

    Information :
    Kateri C. Jourdain
    Director of Public Affairs and Communications
    418 961-8586