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NAN Supports KI At Final Court Proceedings

by NationTalk on October 25, 20071144 Views

Wednesday October 24, 2007

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Kitchenuhuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) members and supporters from across NAN territory will gather at the final court proceeding involving the remote fly-in community and junior mining exploration company Platinex Inc. in Thunder Bay Thursday.

DATE: Thursday October 25, 2007

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Ontario Superior Court
277 Camelot Street
Thunder Bay, ONLocal and regional supporters will gather outside Thunder Bay’s Ontario Superior Court tomorrow to raise awareness of litigation between KI, Platinex Inc, and the Government of Ontario – a story that’s made national news since the northern First Nation community approx. 600 km north of Thunder Bay was hit with a $10 billion lawsuit in February 2006 after requesting Platinex Inc. remove drilling equipment from their traditional territory.

A July 2006 injunction ended with an Ontario Superior Court judgement that the Government of Ontario develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with KI and Platinex Inc. before the Platinex Inc. could enter on KI’s traditional territory. This MOU would include Ontario’s obligations to consult with the First Nation community prior to development.

Negotiations on the MOU have been ongoing since the July 2006 decision, significantly increasing legal and community consultation costs for KI, affecting other community programming. The negotiation process ordered by the Superior Court for all parties has KI spending significantly more than the Government of Ontario. KI’s repeated requests for financial support have been denied by Ontario.

KI stated in an open letter to the Government of Ontario Monday October 15, 2007 the First Nation cannot continue to defend their interests in court because they’re facing “financial demise” as a result of legal bills stemming from the case that’s been ongoing since February 2006.

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For more information please contact:

Jenna Young
Director of Communications
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
(807) 625 4952
(807) 628 3953 (mobile)

John Cutfeet
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug
(807) 627-9062

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