The Cree Nation Government reaffirmed its opposition to uranium development with the launch of #standagainsturanium October 7. The digital campaign is anchored by a website, www.standagainsturanium.com
“This is another step in our campaign to ensure that our voices are heard and that our lands are protected,” said Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come in a release. “Uranium development is incompatible with Cree values, culture and way of life.”
The Grand Council says the aim of the website is to inform Crees and the Quebec population in general on the risks that are associated with uranium mining. The hashtag #standagainsturanium has been making its way through the twittersphere since the launch.
The controversy surrounding uranium reached a head in Quebec over the past year. Strateco, the mining company trying to exploit uranium deposits north of Mistissini, recently closed its operations in Eeyou Istchee. The Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) is now conducting hearings on the future of the uranium industry in Quebec.