Community leaders from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Nation will be in Toronto at a public talk on March 5th followed by a rally on March 6th to demand that God's Lake Resources Inc (GLR) stop exploration on sacred burial grounds on their Homeland and that Ontario cease all mining and exploration on KI Lands and respect KI's Water Declaration
KI LEADERS SPEAK, NEW VIDEO LAUNCHED
Featuring: KI Elder Mary Jane Crowe, KI Councilor Cecilia Begg, KI Councilor Randy Nanokeesic, Steven Chapman – KI Lands and Environment Unit, Ramsay Hart – Mining Watch, officers from the Ontario Federation of Labour and a new video by Allan Lissner.
Monday March 5, 2012, 6:30pm
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil Street
RALLY AND MARCH WITH KI
Featuring speakers from KI, Mining Watch, Council of Canadians, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Ontario Federation of Labour, Greenpeace, and the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario.
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
At Prospectors Developers & Mining Association Convention
255 Front St. W.
N.B. Come early on March 6th at 11:30 to participate in Mining Injustice Solidarity Network actions.
Community leaders from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Nation will be in Toronto at a public talk on March 5th followed by a rally on March 6th to demand that God's Lake Resources Inc (GLR) stop exploration on sacred burial grounds in their community and that Ontario cease all mining and exploration on KI Lands and respect KI's Water Declaration (http://bit.ly/yfXOmV). This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear directly from the leadership from a community that is struggling to control and care for their Homeland.
In 2008 Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Chief Donny Morris, and five community leaders went to jail for refusing to allow mining exploration on their lands. With tremendous support from across Ontario, this remote First Nation community succeeded in fighting off mining exploration by Platinex. On March 5th and 6th, come out to ensure that GLR is also stopped and that Ontario puts an end to infringement on KI Lands once and for all. Spread the word about these two events.
The panel and video launch on March 5th is organized by CUPE 3902, OPIRG U of T, the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union, Earthroots, and the Christian Peacemaker Teams.
Hundreds rally for KI at mining convention as Indigenous community mobilizes against GLR
Chief challenges ON to avert escalated conflict with mining company Gods Lake Resources
Toronto – Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Councilors are rallying with hundreds of supporters today outside the world’s leading mining exploration convention (PDAC) while members of the remote Indigenous Nation mobilize on the ground to prevent mining exploration company Gods Lake Resources (GLR) from desecrating sacred burials on KI Homeland.
“We are mobilized to go to Sherman Lake to protect our land. I cannot allow our graves to be desecrated by a company that is hiring private security to trespass on our Homeland by force. That is no way to do business,” said Chief Morris.
On Sunday the Ontario government unilaterally withdrew 23,181 sq km of land in KI Homeland from mining exploration in response to KI’s longstanding decision to place a full moratorium on industry in our Indigenous Homeland. However, the claims and leases at the heart of KI’s conflict with GLR are unaffected by ON’s move and the dispute over protection of our burials and sacred landscape remains unresolved.
The MNDM has indicated that GLR intends to access the site this month, and refuses to answer whether GLR is on the land today. KI Chief Morris said in a Feb. 16 youtube video that his community was mobilizing and he feared that the situation would escalate. In a March 1 news release GLR indicated that they are looking to hire private security for their drill program – a potentially explosive move. A KI team is traveling to the Sherman Lake site today to conduct reconnaissance.
Leaders from KI are in Toronto this week protesting at the world’s leading mining exploration convention (PDAC).
WHAT: Hundreds rally and march outside major mining convention to demand that Ontario stop God's Lake Resources Inc. from exploring on sacred KI burial grounds.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 6th, 1230pm.
WHERE: 255 Front Street West at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention, Metro Convention Center.
WHO: KI Councilor Cecilia Begg (of the KI6 jailed leaders), KI Councilor Randy Nanokeesic, Steven Chapman – KI Lands and Environment Unit, Sid Ryan – Ontario Federation of Labour, Maryam Adrangi – Council of Canadians, Ramsay Hart – Mining Watch, Shane Moffat – Greenpeace, Pat Smoke- Canadian Federation of Students, and Syed Hussan – Toronto KI Support Network.
VISUALS: Two 30 foot banners, colorful placards, and a flash-mob remix of Kanye West's smash-hit Golddigger.
KI gained national attention in 2008 when six of its leaders were jailed for opposing mining company Platinex. Major unions and NGOs are joining forces with KI Indigenous Nation to insist that mining Minister Bartoluccui stop exploration on KI's land before Ontario taxpayers have to foot the bill. In 2009, Platinex received $5-million plus mediation for ceding their claim to KI Lands.
Chief Donny Morris and Deputy Chief Darryl Sainnawap: (807) 537-2263
For more information and live interviews with KI reps in Toronto contact:
David Sone: 647-386-1481
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