Media Advisory – NAN supports Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in Mining Act challenge

Media Advisory – NAN supports Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug in Mining Act challenge

 

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THUNDER BAY, ON Jan. 8 /CNW/ — THUNDER BAY, ON Jan. 8 /CNW/ – Representatives from Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) – a political organization representing 49 First Nation communities in Ontario will attend a second court appearance of members from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and Platinex Mining company in Thunder Bay's Ontario Superior Court tomorrow.

 

 

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DATE: Tuesday January 9, 2007

 

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

 

LOCATION: Ontario Superior Court

277 Camelot Street

Thunder Bay, ON

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Tomorrow's proceeding follows a July 27, 2006 Ontario Superior Court decision to temporarily stop Platinex from drilling in KI territory (approximately 600 km north of Sioux Lookout) until the mining company and Province of Ontario fulfil obligations to consult with the First Nation community.

 

Despite a community declared moratorium on resource development in 1998 and Supreme Court rulings to consult and accommodate, Platinex received permission from the Government of Ontario to start drilling February 2006.

 

The situation made national news last Spring when the community was hit with a $10 billion lawsuit after requesting Platinex remove drilling equipment from their traditional territory.

 

In June KI brought a constitutional challenge to the Ontario Mining Act, claiming the Act fails to prioritize Aboriginal and Treaty rights.

 

By the conclusion of tomorrow's proceeding the Court will either extend or change the order stopping Platinex from drilling.