Media Advisory - Attawapiskat First Nation calls on Canada to respect First Nation rights & entitlements

    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Hall,
together with an estimated 50 First Nation members some of whom are also
evacuees, will be taking a stand outside Parliament Hill tomorrow afternoon
and calling on the government to show leadership so as to nurture a functional
relationship between government, First Nations and industry.

                 LOCATION:         Parliament Hill

                 DATE:             August, 20, 2009

                 TIME:             1:00 p.m.

    A remote fly in community, Attawapiskat is confronted with significant
challenges, which it cannot remedy for lack of funding. These include an acute
housing shortage, overcrowding, toxic contamination of its school and homes,
and other public health and safety issues such as the failed sewage system
which is backing up and requiring the mass evacuation of residents. The
community is deeply concerned that only a fair and equitable distribution of
wealth from the commercial mining activities in its traditional territory will
permit it to address the crisis management demanded by its inadequate
educational, public health, and physical infrastructure systems.

    Attawapiskat First Nation is located on the west coast of James Bay with
a population of 1,800 on reserve and a total population of 2,300 and is
approximately 700 kilometres north of Timmins, Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Chief Theresa Hall, Attawapiskat First Nation,
(705) 997-2166, (705) 365-8507 cell; Deputy Chief Theresa Spence, Attawapiskat
First Nation, (807) 629-6704 cell; Joyce Hunter, A/Director Communications,
Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 472-5638 cell

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