Media Advisory - Verdict expected in Ralph Rowe trial

    THUNDER BAY, ON, June 30 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)
representatives will be in Kenora this week as Superior Court Justice Erwin
Stach is scheduled to deliver his verdict on new charges laid against
previously convicted pedophile Ralph Rowe.

    DATE:        Thursday July 2, 2009

    TIME:        2:30 p.m. (CDT)

    LOCATION:    Kenora Courthouse
                 216 Water Street
                 Kenora, ON

    Rowe stood trial in April 2009 on 11 charges of sexual abuse involving
seven individuals.
    A former Anglican minister and Boy Scout master, Rowe worked in at least
18 NAN First Nation communities between 1971 and 1986. He served four and a
half years of a six year sentence in 1994 for indecent and sexual assaults
involving boys aged 6 to 16. In 2007, Rowe was convicted on 20 counts of
sexual offences involving First Nations boys in northern Ontario between 1977
and 1987.
    Several members of the NAN Men's Healing Initiative (formerly the Ralph
Rowe Survivor Network) will observe the proceedings via videoconference.

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

For further information:

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

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