Platinum mine is opposed by First Nation



29 May 2006

The Toronto Star





Copyright (c) 2006 The Toronto Star


The development of a potentially rare and lucrative platinum mine near a reserve in northern Ontario has prompted a First Nation to sue the provincial government, while it faces a $10 billion lawsuit from a Canadian exploration company.


The cases centre around Platinex Inc.'s hopes to mine for platinum in an area populated by about 1,200 members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, located about 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.


The company says about 90 per cent of the world's platinum comes from mines in South Africa, and a Canadian mine would be an extraordinary opportunity for all those involved, including the aboriginal community.


But the community has made it clear they are against mining on their traditional territory.