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article imageCanada: Mining company sues Idle No More protesters

By Owen Weldon     Mar 18, 2013 in World
HudBay Minerals Inc. is in a legal battle with northern Manitoba First Nation over two Idle No More rallies that were held this past winter.
According to Huffington Post, HudBay is suing the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation over the rallies that it says blocked the entrance to where the company's mine (gold, zinc and copper) is being developed.
According to CBC, HudBay also says that the protesters, who gathered near Snow Lake in January and March, caused a safety risk to their employees.
Protesters say that they were not the ones that closed the gate, and they also deny that it was a blockade. The group said that it was HudBay that decided to close the gate.
According to Global Winnipeg, Mathias Colomb chief Arlen Dumas said that his group just held a demonstration that was peaceful.
Dumas also said that the mining company, as well as the Manitoba government, should have received consent from aboriginals in the area before they decided to go ahead with the development. Dumas said that the band has never surrendered their rights to the land as well as the resources.
A court hearing on the lawsuit, as well as an injunction request against further rallies, will be held on Wednesday in Winnipeg.
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