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Supreme Court of Canada dismisses N.L. appeal to hear mining lawsuit outside of Quebec – CBC

2 Innu nations seeking $900M in compensation from Rio Tinto

Feb 21, 2020

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by Newfoundland and Labrador to strike parts of a lawsuit by two Innu Nations in Quebec against mining giant Rio Tinto.

The Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John are seeking $900 million in compensation from the Iron Ore Company of Canada, which is majority-owned by Rio Tinto.

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada after Quebec’s highest court ruled the Innu and others could sue the company and its Iron Ore Company subsidiary through Quebec courts.

The lawsuit is filed in Quebec court, which the Newfoundland and Labrador government argued doesn’t have jurisdiction over the matter as the mining operations are in Labrador.

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