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Mineral Exploration Conflicts in Canada's Boreal Forest

May 2008   |   Report
Canadian Boreal Initiative and the International Boreal Conservation Campaign

Canada's booming mining industry operates extensively throughout the boreal forest. Conflicts are arising between minig companies, Aboriginal communities, private landowners, and other stakeholders as a consequence of the free entry tenure system which grants mineral rights to prospectors without prior consultation with affected communities or regard for ecological and cultural values. Fundamental legislative and industry reform is necessary to resolve current conflicts and prevent future ones.

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