Current Issues

While there are many issues that currently threaten the health of the Kipawa watershed our current focus is on mining exploration and the proposed mining projects. We believe that if these projects are allowed to proceed they will have widespread impacts on the currently pristine Kipawa Lake and surrounding areas.

1 - Kipawa Rare Earths project by Matamec.
This is the most advanced project currently in a Federal Environmental Impact Assessment Phase.

The Environmental assessment is being carried out without a joint review panel despite the request for one by Eagle Village First Nation and Wolf Lake First Nation.  

 

2 – Over 20 other companies are also currently carrying out mining exploration throughout the watershed, these include:

Areas being explored include: Turtle Island, Grindstone, Mungo Bay, Hunter’s Narrows, Canal Bay, Hunter’s Point, Turner Falls, Brennan (Sairs) Lake, Kipawa River, etc.


Minerals of interest include: Rare Earth Elements, Uranium, Silica, Diamonds and Gold.


Important Note: Mining exploration can cause environmental damage and impacts on human health, the impacts may vary depending upon the type and extent of exploration being carried out.


Exploration is being carried out throughout the watershed, it is not isolated to the upper Kipawa River, Brennan (Sairs) Lake area.

Exploration is even being carried out near the Village of Kipawa and the town of Temiscaming (i.e. Hinterland Metals Lachine Property).

 

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