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Solidarity Rally in Halifax demands Kluscap’s Mountain Remain Safe from Mining

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 15, 2017

K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – There will be a rally and action in solidarity with Mi’kmaq communities and allies protesting the attack from the Nova Scotia Mining Association who are proposing to build a large quarry on Kluscap Mountain.

Where: Halifax area, details to be announced.

When: December 16, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

Why: The Mining Association of Nova Scotia has recently declared that it would like to remove wilderness protection status from Kluscap Mountain (also known as Kelly’s Mountain) to allow a large quarry to be built. This mountain is sacred to the Mi’kmaq Nation, and has also been protected under the provincial Wilderness Areas Protection Act.

Mi’kmaq communities and allies will be marching and asserting treaty at the sacred site in Unama’ki (Cape Breton) on Saturday as well. As Mi’kmaq activist Suzanne Patles says, “No development on our sacred spaces! The government needs to do more to ensure that potential developers cannot find ways to impose development on Wilderness Protected Areas. Protection of the sacred is an imperative reason for collective action across our territories.”

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Background Information:

 

The 1752 Peace and Friendship Treaty:

https://www.cbu.ca/indigenous-affairs/unamaki-college/mikmaq-resource-centre/treaties/treaty-of-1752/

 

Info about the Rally at Kluscap’s Mountain:

https://www.facebook.com/events/173481430059724/

 

More background information:

http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/between-a-rock-and-a-sacred-place-on-kellys-mountain-163214/
 

http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1519554-commentary-save-protected-areas-from-mining

 

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For further information, please contact:

Amanda Rekunyk 
(902) 471-0441

 

Photo Credit: NS Environment

 

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