Media Advisory - Grand Chief, youth, to deliver NAN Chiefs resolution against Bill 191 to standing committee

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief
Stan Beardy, together with NAN First Nation youth, will deliver a NAN Chiefs
resolution and petition calling for the immediate withdrawal of Bill 191, the
Far North Act, to a Standing Committee hearing in Toronto tomorrow. A news
conference and rally in support of Dunakiiwin (NAN Homelands) will follow
immediately afterwards.

    DATE:     Thursday August 6, 2009

    TIME:     11 a.m.

    LOCATION: Queen's Park
              Toronto, ON
              (outside on Assembly Grounds)

    Beardy will be joined by Ontario First Nation leaders including Regional
Chief Angus Toulouse and representatives from industry, environmental
organizations and leaders of various denominations of churches for a rally
against Bill 191 outside Queen's Park beginning at 9 a.m.
    The Far North Act will set aside 225,000 square kilometres as a protected
area within NAN First Nation homelands without their consultation,
accommodation or consent. It will effectively lock down the land to prevent
First Nations, among the poorest people in Canada, from achieving economic
independence by preventing the development needed to build healthy communities
and help strengthen the Ontario economy.

    Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization
representing 49 First Nation communities within James Bay Treaty 9 and Ontario
portion of Treaty 5 - an area covering two-thirds of the province of Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Joyce Hunter, A/Director of Communications,
Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 472-5638 mobile

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