For many years now, First Nation territories have been faced with an increase in mining operations. With an inadequate mining law, many problems have arisen with this industry which often affects the communities.
For First Nations, the question of mining operations has been under scrutiny with its members and its political committees for the last 10 years or so. The elders and the Chiefs are fighting to maintain the integrity of their territories. However, more and more companies associated with the mining industry communicate with the government and state that they wish to get acquainted and communicate with First Nations where the operations will occur to create a trustworthy relationship. The acceptance of First Nation rights and of their values is fundamental in order to initiate discussions.
The FNQLSDI has the mandate to indorse and help the steps taken by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador and to give them the necessary tools and expertise with respect to mining issues.