Betreff: Sign on to support blockade of Canadian uranium mine
Von: Hans Karow
Datum: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 17:31:50 -0700
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I just supported (# 3753 http://www.nirs.org/petition2/view.php ) the subject uranium mining blockade, it takes not even 5 minutes…go to http://www.nirs.org/petition2/index.php
Please forward to others ASAP, deadline to be met see below.
Below is a letter to be sent to Canadian officials in
support of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation’s Blockade of the Proposed
Frontenac Ventures Corporation Uranium Mine near
To sign on, please send your name, organization (if one), city, state and country to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm (eastern time), Monday, September 10, 2007.
Thanks for your help!
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
The Honourable Chuck Strahl
Minister of Indian Affairs
House of Commons
Premier Dalton McGinty
The Honourable David Ramsey
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
Statement in Support of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation’s Blockade of the Proposed Frontenac Ventures Corporation Uranium Mine near Ardoch, Ontario
undersigned groups and individuals would like to express our strong support of
the Ardoch Algonquin Nation’s nonviolent direct action protest of the proposed
Frontenac Ventures Corporation Uranium Mine near Ardoch
Their groundwater will be severely affected if this project is allowed to go forward resulting in disastrous health problems for residents and other serious environmental impacts.
We support their right as a sovereign First Nation to determine the use and protection of their territory.
We endorse the statement of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation which follows
Statement on Uranium Mining
June 23, 2007
Over the past year, Frontenac Ventures
Corporation has appropriated Algonquin traditional lands near
The plan to develop this site as a uranium mine, however, was done without the authority of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. Furthermore, we were not consulted at all with respect to this plan as is our right as an Algonquin community who still holds Aboriginal title and rights to much of the land in question. As a corporation interested in our lands, FVC, did not follow an honourable path in their actions toward us, instead they choose to follow a historical path that has led to conflicts and blockades with other Indigenous peoples across
This duty remains a morally and legally binding duty according to the Supreme Court of Canada who ruled in 2005 in the Haida Nation and
The controlling question in cases such as this one is what is required on the part of the Crown (as well as its agents, and ministries) to maintain the honour of the Crown and to achieve reconciliation between the Crown and Aboriginal peoples as is required under Section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982? Aboriginal title and rights are still in existence in the Kiji Sìbì (
As indicated in the cases presented above, the courts are prepared to determine whether or not appropriate consultation and accommodation has occurred. Indeed, they are prepared to suspend court actions, licences, and order-in-council authorizing Crown activity. As a First Nation responsible for the health and vitality of those lands, we will not allow our lands to be appropriated in this way without our participation, agreement, and consent for the activities that are proposed for that site. We therefore demand that the Ministry of Mining and Northern Development and the
This decision is based upon the fact that our Aboriginal title and rights have been violated by FVC and the Ministry of Mining and Northern Development, as well as the realization that uranium mining will destroy the ecological balance and sustainability of the Natural World and will have particular impacts on local water tables which will in turn contaminate waterways throughout the Kiji Sìbì. At the end of this process people living within Northern Frontenac County could very well be left with no other option but to purchase water (as is the case in Kitigan Zibi) as all wells will be contaminated from the tailings left behind from the mining process. Tailings can never be disposed of and will pollute the area for many unforeseen generations.
As Algonquin people, we also know that uranium mining will lead directly to our social, spiritual, and cultural demise as our collective identity as people requires a continual relationship with the land in which we interact and carry out our cultural and spiritual activities and ceremonies on a daily basis. If the land is contaminated and altered as a result of the proposed mine, the animals and beings that we depend on for our survival will also disappear, leaving us with no possibility for survival. Vacating the area is not an option for us as this land is our home and has been the home of our people for hundreds of years. As Algonquin people there is no other place that we can go and be ourselves except for this place which is our homeland. We do not have the option that FVC has to pack up and leave once their destruction
We are not the only victims who will suffer this fate, many private land owners in the vicinity of our lands have also had their lands staked as potential sites for drilling. The same fate will await them if the project is not stopped. Our concern with those lands goes deeper than just the fate of the present inhabitants; however, because we believe that although our neighbours purchased their lands in good faith, the original title for those lands was not acquired legally by the British or
As Aboriginal people, our relationships with all of the lands in question are complicated which is why it is not possible for us to make memorandums of understanding or co-agreements with citizens or environmental groups. With respect to our lands, the issue is one of autonomy and sovereignty which requires us to pursue options outside the parameters available to citizens or environmental groups. This fact does not prevent us, however, from meeting or working in unison with citizens or environmental groups to stop the mining from taking place. It just requires an understanding by everyone involved that our responsibilities as Algonquin people require a different approach than can be utilized within such groups. That being said, there is a lot that we can do together as human beings to stop this mining from occurring.
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