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Mi'kmaq Matters – Episode 99: Mining Mi'kmaq Land

Jamie Kneen

National Program Co-Lead

By Mi'kmaq Matters – A weekly podcast about the Mi'kmaq people and the Qalipu First Nation, with host Glenn Wheeler.

Without having consulted the Mi'kmaq people who have used the lands over centuries, a mammoth gold mine is being developed in the Valentine Lake area of central Newfoundland. 

Jamie Kneen, the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, discusses the potential environmental risks the development could have on the surrounding ecosystems. Of particular concern is the potential impact to the watershed of central and northeastern Newfoundland due to the use of an ore processing technique called "heap leaching"—a low-cost but controversial process because of its role in mine accidents elsewhere.