Minister of Natural Resources, Quebec: Protect Kipawa Lake
  • Petitioning Arnaud Warolin

This petition will be delivered to:

Préfet, MRCT
Arnaud Warolin
Minister of the Environment, Canada
Leona Aglukkaq
Mayor, Municipality of Kipawa
Norman Young
Mairesse Angliers
Lyna Pine
Maire, Béarn
Luc Lalonde
Maire, Duhamel-Ouest
Jean-Yves Parent
Maire, Fugèreville
André Pâquet
Maire, Guérin
Maurice Laverdière
Mairesse, Laforce
Isabelle Morin
Maire, Latulipe-et-Gaboury
Michel Duval
Maire, Laverlochère
Daniel Barrette
Maire, Lorrainvile
Simon Gélinas
Maire, Moffet
Éric Dubuque
Mairesse, Nédélec
Carmen Rivard
Maire, Notre-Dame-du-Nord
Alain Flageol
Mairesse, Rémigny
Jocelyn Aylwin
Maire, St-Bruno-de-Guigues
Donald Alarie
Maire, Fabre
Mario Drouin
Mairesse, St-Eugène-de-Guigues
Édith Lafond
Président, Laniel
Yvon Gagnon
Maire, Belleterre
Bruno Boyer
Mairesse, Témiscamingue
Nicole Rochon
Maire, Ville-Marie
Bernard Flébus
Eagle Village First Nation
Chief Madeleine Paul
Wolf Lake First Nation
Chief Harry St-Denis
Long Point First Nation
Chief Derek Mathias
Timiskaming First Nation
Chief Terence McBride
Premier Ministre du Québec
Philippe Couillard
Minister of Mines, Quebec
Luc Blanchette
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Pierre Arcand
Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change
David Heurtel

Minister of Natural Resources, Quebec: Protect Kipawa Lake

    1. Christina Moreau
    2. Petition by

      Christina Moreau

      North Bay, Canada

 Kipawa Lake is an important resource and ecological entity. Thousands visit this lake each year to hunt, fish and vacation. These tourist dollars help stimulate the local economy. Anyone who has visited this lake is aware that its value and appeal lies it is unspoiled nature. Recently the lake has been threatened by:

- A proposal to lift a moratorium on development imposed in the 1980s

- The Kipawa Rare Earths Project - a proposal for a 13 year open pit rare earth mining operation located near important fish spawning grounds and upstream from Kipawa Lake, Lake Temiscaming and the Ottawa River

- Hydroelectric projects which could affect water levels and water quality and could result in the diversion of the Kipawa River and the creation of a new outlet from Kipawa to Lake Temiscaming


Please sign this petition to help us protect Kipawa.



Le Lac Kipawa est une ressource importante et une entité écologique. Des milliers visitent ce lac chaque année pour chasser, pêcher et y passer leurs vacances. Ces revenus touristiques aident à stimuler l’économie locale. N’importe qui ayant visité ce lac sait que sa valeur et son charme sont grâce à sa nature vierge. Récemment, le lac a été menacé par :

- Une proposition d’abolir le moratoire sur le développement imposé dans les années 1980;

- Le Projet de Terres Rares de Kipawa – Une proposition pour une opération de mine à ciel ouvert pendant 13 ans située près de frayères de poissons importantes, en amont du Lac Kipawa, du Lac Témiscamingue et de la Rivière Ottawa;

- Des projets hydroélectriques tout comme Innergex et la proposition de Dam Tabaret, qui affecteraient les niveaux d’eau, la qualité de l’eau et qui pourrait se terminer par le déroutement de la Rivière Kipawa et la création d’une nouvelle entrée d’eau de Kipawa au Lac Témiscamingue.


S’il-vous-plaît, signez cette pétition pour nous aider à protéger le Lac Kipawa.

Recent signatures


    1. Last Call - Save Kipawa Lake T-Shirts

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

      Save Kipawa Lake T-Shirts currently available for online purchase via from now until July 7th. A limited quantity will be available for purchase from the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society after July 7th. Please order your T-Shirts online before July 7th to ensure you receive the appropriate number and size. French T-Shirts will be made available provided there is enough interest. If you are interested in a French version of this T-Shirt please email

      Thank you for your support,

      Christina Moreau
      Chair, Kipawa Lake Preservation Society

      Help save Kipawa Lake!

      Show your support and help save Kipawa Lake! Kipawa Lake, a world renowned tourist destination and pristine ecosystem is currently at risk. A junior mining company has plans to open a toxic open pit rare earth mine on Kipawa's shores.

    2. Kipawa Lake Preservation Society

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

      New organization formed to protect Kipawa Lake! The mission of the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society is to preserve the Kipawa watershed as it is, environmentally healthy and unpolluted, through constant dialogue, education and protective initiatives that involve the local population, general public, government officials and corporations directly or indirectly related to the Kipawa watershed.

      Save Kipawa Lake

      Kipawa Lake is worth saving! For more information please visit

    3. New Mining Laws

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

      New mining laws for the province of Quebec were adapted in December 2013. We have received conflicting information as to if the proposed Matamec project will now have to undergo an environmental impact assessment at the provincial level (BAPE). Along with the changes the Minister's right to refuse a project was waived. This change puts more decision power in the hands of the local municipalities. More details will follow once available.

    4. Request for provincial environmental studies and public consultation

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has been submitted to :
      Mr. Yves-François Blanchet
      Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment
      Wildlife and Parks, Province of Quebec

      in support of the A.P.A.R.T. petition asking for a provincial environmental impact assessment and public consultation process. We will send an update as soon as one is received. This petition is still active and will be valuable each time decisions are being made regarding these issues so please do continue to sign and share. It is making an impact.

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Algonquin First Nation leaders express concern over Kipawa Rare Earths

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

      Wolf Lake and Eagle Village leaders express their concerns over the Kipawa Rare Earths project and call for a joint review panel for the federal environmental impact assessment. Their request for a joint review was denied.

      Algonquin Nations Call for Joint Review Panel for Rare Earths Project

      Wolf Lake and Eagle Village Algonquin First Nations Wolf Lake First Nation Hunter's Point, P.O. Box 998 Temiscaming, QC J0Z 3R0 Tel: 819-627-3628 Fax: 819-627-1109 Eagle Village First Nation-Kipawa Migizy Odenaw, P.O.

    8. Appeal for a provincial assessment for the Kipawa Rare Earths project

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

      La coalition pour que le Quebec ait meilleure mine appeals to
      M. Yves-François Blanchet
      Ministre responsable du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs for provincial environmental impact assessment because of the tonnage extract per day the project does not trigger a Quebec environmental impact assessment. Matamec was asked to voluntarily submit to a provincial assessment, their response was that they would do what was legally required.

    9. MRC Temiscaming and the Kipawa Rare Earths proposal by Matamec

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

      The MRC Temiscaming is in favor of the Kipawa Rare Earths proposal by Matamec provided Matamec abides by government imposed rules and regulations. Norman Young (Mayor of Kipawa) and André Paquet (Mayor Fugèreville) and Claudine Laforge Clouâtre (Mayor of St-Édouard-de-Fabre) voted against the project and expressed their concerns relating to a lack of information on the health and environmental risks. All other 17 members voted for the project. The 17 votes for the project were the Mayors of Angliers, Bearn, Duhamel-Ouest, Guerin, Laforce, Latulipe-et-Gaboury, Laverlochere, Lorrainville, Moffet, Nedelec, Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Remigny, St-Bruno-de-Guigues, St-Eugene-de-Guigues, Belleterre, Temiscamingue and Ville-Marie. The document with this information can be view by visiting I applaud those Mayors who voiced their concerns. I am concerned about the fact that Mayors of towns so far away have such an influence on what happens in this area.

    10. Facebook Page

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

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    11. Reached 1,500 signatures
    12. Petition Support from Margaret Atwood

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer

      Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist has signed and shared the petition on Twitter. If you are on twitter please follow Margaret Atwood, thank her and retweet her June 12th tweet about this petition.

      Margaret E. Atwood (MargaretAtwood) on Twitter

      The latest from Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood). author. Toronto

    13. News Coverage on the Kipawa Rare Earths mine project

      Christina Moreau
      Petition Organizer
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    14. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Scot Macdonald CARP, CANADA
      • 4 days ago

      Getting sick of destroying lakes for some company can make $$$. Protect these lands govt!

    • Kingsley opone ABIDJAN, CôTE D'IVOIRE
      • 15 days ago


    • Charles Pilgrim BRYSON,QUEBEC, CANADA
      • 17 days ago

      protect the ecology of the area!!!

    • Julie McCann GUELPH, CANADA
      • 17 days ago

      our natural resources need to be protected.

    • Cyndy Phillips SHEENBORO, CANADA
      • 17 days ago

      My family members live on Lake Kipawa and my family and I visit often. It is a beautiful lake and needs to be protected.


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