Ontario Solution Would Stop Confrontation Between First Nation And Mining Company
17 March 2008
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TORONTO, March 17 /CNW/ — McGuinty Government Offer Still On The Table
TORONTO, March 17 /CNW/ –
A detailed provincial offer to resolve a confrontation between a northern Ontario First Nation and a mining company remains on the table.
The dispute is between Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and mining company Platinex Inc.
Ontario has offered to pay $200,000 to KI for their legal fees, and secured numerous concessions from Platinex Inc., which has offered KI training, guaranteed jobs and a share in any mining revenue, plus restrictions on when and how any exploration takes place.
The Ontario government agreed to KI's request for a new bilateral process to advance shared goals of rights protection and economic development. Ontario has also offered a statement of principles seeking to encompass the approach of KI to the respectful use of traditional territory.
"Since taking office, Minister Bryant has shown a real commitment towards establishing a new relationship with First Nations" said Chief Tom Bressette of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and former Ontario Grand Chief.
"The people in KI told me directly not to give up and I won't give up until we have a solution," said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant. "I have been doing everything possible to stop the collision in court Monday between Platinex Inc. and KI's chief and council. There is a solution available. Someone needs to reach out and grab it."
- Bryant traveled to KI three times, every month this year, or over
16,000 kilometres so far, and spent countless hours on the phone with
Chief Donny Morris and council.
- The KI First Nation is located 1,218 kilometres northwest of Thunder
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