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Chief gets aerial view of mine site

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Mathias Colomb Cree Nation Chief Arlen Dumas took to the air Tuesday, boarding a plane to fly over one of two northern Manitoba mining sites he wants shut down.

Dumas took a couple of passes over the Lalor Mine site, with Idle No More spokeswoman Pam Palmater seated next to him.

The pair made the tour to photograph activity on the ground.

"We are continuing to monitor whether they are in compliance with Cree Law over MCCN territory," Palmater said by email as the plane conducted its surveillance.

Mine owner Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting won a court injunction last month to keep the Cree leader and protesters away from the Lalor Mine site near Snow Lake, following blockades by protestors this winter.

Nothing was said in court about taking to the air to conduct surveillance.

Chief Dumas vowed he would find a way to oppose the operation of the mine despite the injunction. Mathias Colomb claims the land the mining site is located on as traditional territory and objects to the mining company’s presence in the area. Protesters set up blockades in an effort to stop work on the mine site.

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