More than 150 native bands from Ontario and Quebec have joined the fight against Toronto's plan to dump its garbage in the Adams Mine, near Kirkland Lake.
Backed by the the Chiefs of Ontario the coalition, which includes eco groups, local farmers and politicians, is promising to erect blockades if need be to stop the plan.
"What choice do we have?" asks Timiskaming First Nation chief Carol McBride, who is in Ottawa to take part in a protest on Parliament Hill today (Thursday, September 21).
In addition to fears that leachate from the mine will pollute the Lake Timiskaming watershed natives rely on for hunting and fishing, there is also concern about what the garbage proposal would mean for the future of a land claim filed by the band in the area.
"The ideal for us is to make this a national issue," says Campaign Against Adams Mine spokesperson Pierre Belanger.