Media Advisory - Attawapiskat First Nation calls on De Beers to respect First Nation rights

    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - An estimated 50 Attawapiskat First Nation
members, some of whom are also evacuees from a public sewage system
catastrophe which has destroyed a number of community homes, will be staging a
peaceful, legal protest outside the De Beers Canada office tomorrow morning.
Community members are deeply concerned that the wealth generated by diamond
exploration and mining in the traditional territory of the First Nation is not
being equitably distributed.

              LOCATION:   300-65 Overlea Blvd
                          Toronto, On

              DATE:       August, 19, 2009

              TIME:       10:00 a.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 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 a remote community 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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