Demanding a proper say, Cat Lake First Nation's injunction pauses First Mining Gold's road work for project

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Cat Lake First Nation has been granted an injunction pausing a gold-mining company’s construction of a temporary winter road leading to an exploration camp for a proposed open-pit mine in northwestern Ontario.

In documents filed in divisional court, the Ojibway First Nation says the 18-kilometre access road is on traditional land and it wasn’t consulted before the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) issued road construction permits to First Mining Gold Corporation (FMGC).

Cat Lake First Nation Chief Russell Wesley told CBC Thunder Bay his community had been working on an Anishinaabe-led environmental impact assessment of the Springpole Mine Project, with funding and participation from FMGC.

But the Ontario government’s

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