Media Advisory - First Nations pressure mounting on call for inquiry

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy
Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Ontario Leader of the New Democratic
Party Howard Hampton and representatives from Grand Council Treaty 3 and
Chiefs of Ontario will announce the expansion of the coalition between NAN and
Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto (ALST). Several First Nations have joined
the call for an inquiry into the legality of jury rolls in Ontario. A media
conference will be held at Queen's Park tomorrow.

    DATE:      Friday September 19, 2008

    TIME:      11:00 a.m.

    LOCATION:  Main Legislative Building, Media Studio
               Queen's Park - Toronto, Ontario

    Political Territorial Organizations Grand Council Treaty 3 and Chiefs of
Ontario will join the NAN and ALST coalition tomorrow to lend their voices to
the call for a formal inquiry the jury roll system across Ontario.
    NAN and ALST wrote a letter to the Attorney General last week requesting
a formal inquiry into the jury roll system across the Province of Ontario
following a revelation at a Coroners Inquest that the jury roll in the
Judicial District of Kenora has systematically excluded First Nation people
from jury participation even though the law requires that they be included. To
date there has been no communication received from the Attorney General in

    Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization
representing 49 First Nation communities within James Bay Treaty 9 and the
Ontario portions of Treaty 5. Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto is a
multi-service legal agency providing services to First Nation communities
across the province.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Heintzman, Communications Officer,
Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625-4906, (807) 621-2790 (mobile)

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