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11 february 2013

Attawapiskat: Second blockade of road to De Beers diamond mine in Canadian province of Ontario

Residents in the remote Canadian community of Attawapiskat are blockading a road leading to a De Beers diamond mine. This is the second blockade in recent days.

The Victor Mine is an open pit mine located in the James Bay Lowlands of the northern portion of the province of Ontario. According to the De Beers web site the mine is Ontario’s first diamond mine and the second in Canada for De Beers.

According to APTN News the second blockade began Sunday evening (Feb 10), and forced a convoy of empty fuel trucks to return to the mine, which is about 90kms from Attawapiskat.

The blockades are about the impact of the mine on the First Nations community and compensation.

Attawapiskat's Chief Theresa Spence, who was on a hunger protest earlier this year in Ottawa protesting for indigenous treaty rights, is not in the community and so not one of the participants in the blockade. (At least one reporter with APTN suggests there may be more than one group involved in the blockade.)


More information:
APTN News "Diamond mine hit by second Attawapiskat blockade" - here
Mining.com "De Beers diamond mine in Canada hit by new blockade" - here
De Beers Canada web site Victor Mine info - here
Attawapiskat resident calls for support from 'Idle No More' - here

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