Ontario Solution Would Stop Confrontation Between First Nation And Mining Company

    McGuinty Government Offer Still On The Table

    TORONTO, March 17 /CNW/ -


    A detailed provincial offer to resolve a confrontation between a northern
Ontario First Nation and a mining company remains on the table.
    The dispute is between Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and mining
company Platinex Inc.
    Ontario has offered to pay $200,000 to KI for their legal fees, and
secured numerous concessions from Platinex Inc., which has offered KI
training, guaranteed jobs and a share in any mining revenue, plus restrictions
on when and how any exploration takes place.
    The Ontario government agreed to KI's request for a new bilateral process
to advance shared goals of rights protection and economic development. Ontario
has also offered a statement of principles seeking to encompass the approach
of KI to the respectful use of traditional territory.


    "Since taking office, Minister Bryant has shown a real commitment towards
establishing a new relationship with First Nations" said Chief Tom Bressette
of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and former Ontario Grand Chief.
    "The people in KI told me directly not to give up and I won't give up
until we have a solution," said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant. "I
have been doing everything possible to stop the collision in court Monday
between Platinex Inc. and KI's chief and council. There is a solution
available. Someone needs to reach out and grab it."


    -   Bryant traveled to KI three times, every month this year, or over
        16,000 kilometres so far, and spent countless hours on the phone with
        Chief Donny Morris and council.

    -   The KI First Nation is located 1,218 kilometres northwest of Thunder




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For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2529;
Josh Cogan, Communications Branch, (416) 314-6312

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