The Mathias Colomb Cree Nation chief Arlen Dumas issued a call to stop work today at HudBay Minerals’ Lalor mine outside Snow Lake because Dumas claims the development is on MCCN’s ancestral territory and the band has never given its consent for the development.

The demonstration today was supported by the Assembly of First Nations and the Idle No More movement.

In a prepared statement, Dumas said, "We totally reject HudBay’s Environmental Act License Application submitted for the Lalor mine without our consent. As the rightful owner, only we have the authority to approve a license to extract our resources from our territories."

HudBay is well on their way to spending more than $700 million developing the new mine complex near Snow Lake.