AFN urges Ontario to take immediate action to resolve KI Dispute



    OTTAWA, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, National Chief Shawn A-in-chut
Atleo called on the province of Ontario to take immediate action to resolve
the ongoing dispute between the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation
and the exploration company, Platinex.
    "A number of courts cases have already determined that there is a duty to
consult First Nations prior to development on their traditional territory. The
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation want to complete a land use plan
before they consider whether or not mining should take place. This is an
entirely reasonable and responsible request," said National Chief Shawn
A-in-chut Atleo.
    The National Chief urged Ontario to consult with the Kitchenuhmaykoosib
Inninuwug First Nation on the land use plan and suggested the province could
cancel mining permits until the plan is complete.
    Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Councillor Sam Mckay expressed
disappointment that Ontario has filed a notice of motion rather than negotiate
with the community.
    "We have no funding to fight procedural cases that do not address our
Aboriginal and Treaty rights. This is a matter that would be best resolved
through negotiation rather than litigation," said Councillor Sam McKay.
    "We would also like to see Platinex take a fresh approach to this issue.
A number of other mining and resource companies have worked in partnership
with First Nations and developed mutually beneficial economic development
plans. Platinex can learn from these success stories," said Ontario Regional
Chief Angus Toulouse.
    Six members of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, commonly
referred to as the KI-6, were sentenced to six months in jail in March 2008
for a December 2007 civil contempt of court conviction after they refused to
allow Platinex to begin drilling on their traditional lands. Plantinex wants
to resume exploration on the property south of the community under the
authority of a 2007 court order.

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada .





For further information:

For further information: Robert Simpson, Tel (778) 991-1407; Chantelle
Krish, Tel: (778) 990-9544, media@afn.ca


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