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Public Health Department presents its concerns to BAPE Commission

June 05, 2014

Paul Linton (left), Assistant Director of Public Health for Chishaayiyuu and Dr. Robert Carlin (right), Director of Public Health present at the BAPE (Bureau d'Audiences Publiques sur l'Environnement) Hearing in Mistisssini on uranium development. Here is the text of their presentation:

Our department has made previous statements on uranium developments impacting Eeyou Istchee in 2010 and 2012.

Although our department plans to make a written submission of concerns and/or questions before July 11th to the BAPE, we would like to highlight our general concerns during this community forum.

1. We are concerned that the people of Eeyou Istchee need to be fully and adequately informed about the impacts of uranium mining in order to make an informed decision concerning this issue. We respect the right of the Eeyou Nation to make this decision and to be fully consulted on this issue.

2. We are concerned that the BAPE process needs to be aware of the specific impacts of development on indigenous peoples within Eeyou Istchee and throughout Quebec.

3. Despite previous consultations, we still have questions related to the risks and benefits at all stages of uranium development form exploration to production to conversion to usage.

4. We are concerned that all of the following areas of concern be reviewed as they pertain to Eeyou Istchee:

- Impacts on the health of the people of Eeyou Istchee, including all aspects of health (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual)

- Impacts on the health of workers

- Impacts on the health of the environment

- Impacts on health services

- Impacts on culture

5. We are concerned that the BAPE include social impacts as part of the above evaluation. This includes impact on the traditions, culture, and way of being unique to Eeyou Istchee.

We will submit a more detailed list of questions and concerns related to the above by July 11th.

Here is this list of questions and concerns: Statement and questions from the Director of Public Health Dr. Robert Carlin and Mr. Paul Linton, Assistant Director

Thank-you. Meegwetch.

View the video recordings of the BAPE Hearings here: http://www.bape.gouv.qc.ca/sections/mandats/uranium-enjeux/