First Nations activists sentenced

 

First Nations activists sentenced

 

Jim Kelly

Copyright (c) 2008 Kitchener-Waterloo Record.

 

THUNDER BAY

 

Six members of a remote northwestern Ontario First Nation, including its chief, were each sentenced to six-month jail terms yesterday on contempt of court charges stemming from a land-claim dispute with an exploration company.

 

Last Dec. 14, Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith made an order finding the six members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation — including Chief Donny Morris and Deputy Chief Jack MacKay — to be in contempt of a court order dated Oct. 25, 2007.

 

That order had allowed Platinex, a junior exploration company, to proceed with the first phase of its drilling project and prevented First nations members from impeding, interfering or obstructing company access to the exploration property near Big Trout Lake.

 

Councillors Cecilia Begg, Darryl Sainnawap, Samuel McKay, and committee member Bruce Sakakeep were the others receiving jail terms.

 

Smith imposed suspended sentences on Councillors Enus McKay and Evelyn Quequish.