Ontario Resolves Litigation Dispute Over Big Trout Lake Property
McGuinty Government Reaches Agreement That Balances Company And Community Interests
Ontario has reached an agreement to settle litigation with Platinex Inc. that will provide greater certainty to the company and allow the province to continue to build its relationship with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nations community.
The Province of Ontario and Platinex Inc. have entered into an agreement to resolve the company's litigation against Ontario and the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation over the company's Big Trout Lake Property. As part of the settlement, Platinex will drop its lawsuits against the Crown and KI, and surrender all its mining claims and leases at Big Trout Lake. In return Platinex will receive $5 million and a potential future royalty interest. The government will withdraw those lands from staking and mineral exploration.
This settlement will assist Platinex in moving forward with the exploration and development of its other mining properties in Ontario, and responds to the community's past concerns.
- Ontario will pay Platinex $5 million in return for dropping lawsuits against the Crown and KI. The company will also surrender its mining claims and leases near Big Trout Lake.
- Should the province, at its discretion, issue new mineral tenure on the lands in the next 25 years and a mine be developed, Platinex would be entitled to receive a royalty of 2.5 per cent of the mine revenues paid by the mine operator if a mine is developed. This kind of royalty is common industry practice.
- Ontario's new Mining Act increases clarity around consultation requirements and will introduce a new vehicle for addressing disputes relating to Aboriginal issues.
- Ontario is the first Canadian jurisdiction to build a dispute resolution process for Aboriginal-related mining issues into its mining legislation.
“This is a unique situation, and I am pleased that we were able to reach a fair and reasonable negotiated settlement that will provide greater certainty to Platinex while allowing our government to continue working with KI to strengthen our relationship and to pursue future opportunities.”