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WAWATAY NEWS REPORTS FIRST NATION leaders are critical of the new Mining Act in Ontario, saying it allows industry to be self-regulating on consultation with First Nations, trusting that industry will "do the right thing" without the province ensuring adequate monitoring or regulations for meaningful consultation. "There must be ongoing monitoring of all project sites to ensure companies are properly motivated to comply with permit terms," reads a six-page letter to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). The government has promised to identify the "bad apples" among exploration companies over time, the letter states, but NAN counters that by writing "The only way this would happen is by letting them spoil the land, perhaps even more than once, and then stop it from happening in the future," NAN wrote. "This reactionary approach is not acceptable." Concerns were identified with Phase Two of Ontario's Mining Act which deals with industry and First Nations relations. It includes the requirement that prospectors have to notify First Nations before exploring on traditional lands, sets a framework to withdraw lands of cultural and spiritual significance from exploration, and establishes a dispute resolution process to deal with conflicts.

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Date:Jul 1, 2012
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