The Glencore arena, the Osisko stadium, the Canadian Malartic pavilion, the Agnico Eagle center or the Eldorado skating rink… If you walk the streets in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, you will see, the names of the mining companies are everywhere.

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These agreements ensure the financing of infrastructures, but also the visibility of companies.

But the ecologist Henri Jacob denounces the omnipresence of mining.

“It shocks me, it’s disgusting, it seems to me that we should honor the people who have been significant for Abitibi. Now we only see names of mining companies,” he said.

The latter was startled when the name of Eldorado was added to the Abitibi Blues Festival.

“We often change the name of a festival or an organization for a small amount. It’s sad,” protests Mr. Jacob.

On the contrary, believes the mayor of Val-d’Or Céline Brindamour, mining companies are present, because they are more and more involved in the communities.

“They participate in civic life, particularly in terms of sport, youth and culture. They make people work, but they also want to get involved in local life,” she says.