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Kanaks take on Canadian nickel mining grant.

Two of New Caledonia's Kanak elders, Senator Dick Meureureu and Chief Adrien Koroma, traveled to Toronto in April 2004 to attend the Inco annual shareholders' meeting. They say that since the launch of its 2001 Goro nickel-cobalt project, Canadian mining company Inco Limited has refused to address the concerns of the indigenous people of New Caledonia, including widespread environmental degradation and loss of the region's unique biodiversity. The two elders called for negotiations with the indigenous population and for immediate review of the environmental impact assessment conducted by a team of independent scientists. Joining the elders in protest were members of the Algonquin First Nation, who danced and drummed in solidarity with the Kanak elders. Despite ongoing opposition, an October 2004 press release announced Inco's plan to proceed with the Goro mining project based on its ability to meet "financial objectives." Contact Mining-Watch Canada, www.miningwatch.ca, for details.
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Title Annotation:News & Views
Publication:Tok Blong Pacifik
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Date:Sep 22, 2004
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