Responsible Development

Main contact:
Simon Thibault, Director Environmental and Social Responsibility
A summary in Cree language is available here


Best Practices

The Whabouchi Project was designed in order to minimize potential environmental and social impacts, something which included, among others, a significant review of the initial mine site layout in order to account for the concerns expressed by the members of Cree Nation of Nemaska and land users. Such an approach also included, as early as the project design stage, the adoption of the mining industry's best practices for water and tailings management. 



The mine site included in the Whabouchi project is located on Eeyou Istchee - James Bay territory and is therefore subject to a specific authorization process under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA), something which Nemaska Lithium was granted with in September 2015. On the federal side, the mining project was also subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and was granted with a positive decision in July 2015. 



The objectives of the environmental monitoring program are to evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation and compensation measures set out in the Environmental and Social Impacts Assessment (ESIA), to track the development of certain valued environmental and social components, and to compare developments with pre-project conditions so as to identify trends or impacts arising from project activities or natural events.


Cree Nation of Nemaska

Since 2009, the Crees have been actively involved in various aspects of the project through the various activities that were undertaken to inform stakeholders about the project and take stock of their concerns relative to the project and its potential environmental and social impacts. In November 2014, the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Nation Government, the Cree Nation of Nemaska and Nemaska Lithium entered into the Chinuchi Agreement regarding the development and operation of Nemaska Lithium's Whabouchi Project. The Chinuchi Agreement is a binding agreement that will govern the long-term working relationship between Nemaska Lithium and the Cree parties during all phases of the Whabouchi Lithium Project. 



As part of the Whabouchi Project, the Chibougamau-Chapais region, and most precisely the Town of Chibougamau, QC, will serve as a transportation hub to which the spodumene concentrate produced at the mine site will be trucked. From that site, the concentrate will be boarded on a train and transported by Canadian National (CN) to a second processing facility located in Shawinigan, QC. 



Nemaska Lithium announced in September 2015 the signing of an agreement in principle with the City of Shawinigan for the acquisition of part of the land and part of existing manufacturing facilities (Produits forestiers Résolu's former Laurentide plant) in Shawinigan, QC. The City has a long history of industrial development, mostly associated with the forest, aluminum and chemicals industries. Over the last decade, it has decided to diversify its economy through the implementation of several companies working in the green technologies industry.