THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief
Stan Beardy, NAN Executive Council, NAN Chiefs and NAN Tribal Councils
today officially launched their campaign opposing the Ontario
Government’s proposed Bill 191 (Far North Act).
“We are done talking, it’s time to take serious action,” said NAN Grand
Chief Stan Beardy. “First Nations must have a say in how and when our
land will be developed. Bill 191 takes away that right for our remote
communities in the Far North. There’s no other alternative for the
McGuinty Government than to scrap this Bill and we will be ramping-up
our efforts to ensure that message is loud and clear.”
NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly unanimously declared their official opposition to
Bill 191 on August 13, 2010 following a two-day emergency NAN Chiefs
assembly in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Beginning today, up until the scheduled Third Reading of Bill 191 in the
Ontario Legislature in mid-September, NAN First Nations will be
participating in a number of actions opposing Bill 191 – including, but
not limited to: Letters/Editorials; Rally at Queen’s Park; Distribution
of materials such as pamphlets, posters etc.; Participation in radio
programs broadcasts; Letters to Government, Industry and Environmental
Groups; Meetings with Members of Provincial Parliament; Petitions
opposing Bill 191.
“It is vital that we make NAN’s presence and position known; we are
coming together in unity to fight for what is rightfully ours,” said
Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization
representing 49 First Nation communities in James Bay Treaty 9 and
Ontario portions of Treaty 5 – an area covering two thirds of the
province of Ontario.
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