Protests being carried out by the aboriginals from First Nations communities are likely to halt the mining activities across Canada.

The protests are seeking greater control of mining operations from the companies irrespective of the operations being on lands designated as native reserves or otherwise.

Aboriginal bands are keen to renegotiate old agreements, reported Reuters.

As per the current rules, the mining companies are mandated to consult with aboriginal communities during the course of permitting process and agree on compensation if a development violates on native rights.

Early in march 2013, the protestors blocked access to the gold-copper-zinc mine for several hours, demanding talks with HudBay Minerals regarding an ownership stake in the C$794 million ($773.84m) project.

Refusing to talk directly to the community HudBay chief executive David Garofalo stated: "We’re kind of in the crossfire of that.

"At the end of the day it’s important that those governments talk to each other and establish a revenue-sharing model that sustains both governments – both the Canadian governments and the First Nation governments."

Premier Gold Mines chief executive Ewan Downie added, "I would say one of the big things that is weighing on mining investment in Canada right now is First Nations issues."

Further escalation of the protests is likely to hit Canada’s image as a low-risk resource development country, said the news agency.