Native leaders jailed for contempt of court

 

Native leaders jailed for contempt of court

 

The Ottawa Citizen

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A First Nations chief and six council members were sentenced yesterday to six months in jail for contempt of court. According to the Union of Ontario Indians, the individuals refused a court order to allow a Canadian exploration company, Platinex Inc., access to Big Trout Lake, which they say is their ancestral land. Donny Morris, chief of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Nation, was among those sentenced. The community is located 1,218 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay. Following the verdict, Nishnawbe Aski National Grand Chief Stan Beardy announced the suspension of talks with the Ontario government. He called the jailing of native leaders "an insult" to the new relationship between Ontario and the First Nations.