Kanesatake divided over potential mine reopening

Protest outside Kanesatake band office gets heated.

Tom Fennario
APTN National News
Niobium may be used to strengthen steel, but many Kanesatake Mohawks blame it for weakening their land and water.

For over the past decade, a company called Niocan has attempted to reopen a dormant niobium mine in Kanesatake territory. Now, a new mining company called Eco-Niobium says technology has made it safe to mine niobium again.

The band council’s decision to hold an information session about reopening the mine sparked a heated protest.

Tom Fennario has more.

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Producer Nouvelles Nationales d'APTN - Montreal

Born and raised in Montreal, Tom cut his teeth working in community television in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory before joining APTN as a cameraman/editor in 2008. In 2015 he was promoted to Video Journalist. Since 2019 Tom has been a producer for the French weekly newscast Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN.