Government Action Plans

The Project of a Generation: Plan Nord 2011

by Amanda Claudia Bos & Lotte Frencken

The Plan Nord is a development strategy launched by the Government of Québec in 2011, which covers the territory north of the 49th parallel, equivalent to 72% of Québec’s area. It aims to create economic returns and increase the labour market for a population of over 120 000 people, including 40 000 Aboriginals, while respecting the communities residing this territory. Plan Nord’s purpose has been to open up “new horizons to future generations of Quebecers and [to] offer the world the example of modern, sustainable, harmonious development.” (Plan Nord 2011, 7) Read More

Indigenous Responses to Mining and Colonialism in Schefferville

By Charles O’Connor

Premier Phillippe Couillard says, that in re-launching Plan Nord, “[n]ous le faisons dans le but d’optimiser les retombées économiques dans les communautés locales et autochtones du Nord et dans toutes les régions du Québec (Gouvernment du Quebec, 2015, III)”.  Unfortunately for the Innu, the new Plan Nord offers no promises of restoring abandoned mine sites around Schefferville, Quebec. Read More

Plan Nunavik and the Parnasimautik Consultations

By Julie Deslile

Plan Nunavik was created in 2012 as a response to Quebec’s Plan Nord. Developed by the Makivik Corporation and the Kativik Regional Government of Nunavik, Plan Nunavik is a document which describes the current situation and concerns regarding housing, health, education, access to territory, mining, energy, tourism, bio-food, wildlife, culture and identity, telecommunications and community development. Read More

The Role of Women in Mining

By Amanda Claudia Bos

The Plan Nord 2.0 plans to create new jobs in the mining industry in the territory above the 49th parallel. Because the mining sector is predominantly a masculine environment, this brings questions about how the Plan Nord will benefit women. The Féderation Interprofessionnelle de la Santé du Quebec states that a study on mining in Labrador shows that significantly less women than men enter the mining field and therefore get lower paid occupations, while men often have stable functions Read More

Mining Done Well

By Nicolas Kaal

It is difficult to write in favour of a mining company such as Goldcorp which across many countries has been ethically one of the worst companies. In the case of Guatemala, the installation of the Marlin mine caused many harms and violations to several Mayan communities who were displaced by force, lost their access to water, contaminated by open pit-highly toxic processes, Read More

Step By Step Resistance

 The 850km Cree Protest March Against Uranium Mining in Quebec

By Lotte Frencken

In contemporary society, Indigenous peoples around the world are endangered by the “[d]evelopment of industrial culture and mass tourism” (Alagia, 2014). Namely, governments worldwide claim and interfere in territories for economic benefits, while these territories are populated by Indigenous peoples. Consequently, numerous indigenous peoples have lost their land, their culture, or even disappeared completely (Alagia, 2014). Read More

Liquefied Natural Gas and Stornoway Project

By Ramnik Riar & Sara Serravalle

It is often forgotten that Hydro-Quebec is not the only source of energy in Quebec. In fact, thirty-eight percent of the province’s energy consumption consists of fuels such as gasoline, diesel and heating oil (QOGA, 2015). Natural gas is of the most energy efficient and cleanest type of fuel. However, due to a large increase in production of LNG within the United States, Read More