Supreme Court to hear Newfoundland and Labrador appeal in Innu-Rio Tinto lawsuit – The Western Star

by ahnationtalk on November 23, 201895 Views

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will hear an appeal of a Quebec court’s decision to deny a Newfoundland and Labrador application to strike certain allegations from a lawsuit by two Quebec Innu groups against Rio Tinto/Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC).

In 2013, the Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John, launched the $900 million suit claiming the company’s mines in Schefferville, Quebec and Labrador City, its railway and deep-water port have caused environmental damage, displaced community members and prevented Innu from practising their traditional way of life.

When Quebec’s highest court ruled the First Nations had the right to sue Rio Tinto (IOC), Newfoundland and Labrador intervened applying to the Superior Court of Quebec to remove the portions of the case that pertained to the company’s operations outside Quebec.

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