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KI evicts mining company from traditional lands

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Less than one week before Ontario voters head to the polls, a controversy over mining in Ontario’s Far North has a northern First Nation threatening to hold Premier Dalton McGuinty “personally responsible” for transgression of sacred burial grounds.
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation has asked the premier to intervene and stop what it calls “reckless exploration” on its traditional lands by junior gold mining company God’s Lake Resources.

Repeating the past: KI in mining battle on traditional land

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The fight over mineral exploration on traditional Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) lands is threatening to erupt into direct action. God’s Lake Resources said it will ignore an eviction notice issued by KI, but community leaders promise not to back down.
The junior mining exploration company was issued the eviction notice Sept. 29 after hunters from KI discovered an exploration camp on the north shore of Sherman Lake.

Broadband project will ‘open new world’

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Despite delays during the first year of broadband Internet cable construction in northern Ontario, the project that is being lauded as essential for the future of First Nation communities has seen work started on three fronts.
Construction on The Northern Ontario Broadband Expansion Project kicked off in the spring after a federal environmental assessment was approved in April.

Extraordinary opportunities for economic development

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Michael Gravelle, Liberal MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, was re-elected for the fifth straight time in the fall 2011 election. Formerly the minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Gravelle was shifted to his new role as minister of Natural Resources in the new Liberal cabinet.
Gravelle sat down with Wawatay News to discuss politics, the new mining act and opportunities for First Nation involvement in future economic development.

Huge uncertainties remain with Ontario’s new Mining Act

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As the minister tasked with implementing the heart of the Ontario Mining Act takes over his new portfolio, the challenges facing that goal seem to be growing by the week.
The new minority Liberal government named Sudbury’s Rick Bartolucci minister of Northern Development and Mines, Oct. 20. Bartolucci replaces Thunder Bay-Superior North’s Michael Gravelle, the minister who brought in the new Mining Act.

Fighting racism with facts on crime

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Aboriginal leaders in Thunder Bay are criticizing the media’s role in creating a “climate of fear” underlined with racism in the city, following the high profile given to the latest death of a young Native man and recent media reports of Thunder Bay being the “murder capital” of Canada.
Leaders in the city are also cautioning the public against reacting with racism against the Aboriginal community in the city, noting that crime rates continue to fall and a number of programs are having success dealing with underlying social issues.

‘Educate youth in communities’: Thunder Bay mayor Keith Hobbs

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Thunder Bay mayor Keith Hobbs says it’s time to re-examine the practice of sending Aboriginal teenagers from across northwestern Ontario to Thunder Bay for high school.
Hobbs, a former police officer, said the teenagers are being put into a “vulnerable position” when they come into the city from small communities to live in boarding houses while attending school.
“These kids are getting sucked into gangs, drugs and crime,” Hobbs said.

Matawa’s judicial review ‘could delay Ring of Fire’

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Plans for a massive chromite mine in northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire could be delayed up to a year and a half by Matawa First Nation’s judicial review of the project’s environmental assessment (EA), Matawa’s lawyer has warned.
Judith Rae, a lawyer with Toronto-based law firm Olthuis Kleer Townshend, was in Thunder Bay last week meeting with Matawa chiefs on the judicial review, which Matawa filed Nov. 7.

Talks between KI, Ontario break down

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation is preparing for what may be a confrontational winter after talks on traditional land use with the Ontario government broke down last week.
KI disbanded the joint KI-Ontario panel Nov. 14 after government officials said they were unable to stop God’s Lake Resources, a junior gold mining company, from exploring lands around the community while the panel meets.

Study of second proposed Ring of Fire mine underway

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As the controversy over the environmental study of a proposed Ring of Fire mine drags on, another proposed mine in the Ring of Fire has started a similar environmental assessment process.
The environmental assessment for Noront Resources’ proposed Eagles Nest mine kicked off Nov. 15 with the opening of a 30-day public comment period.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) decided to do a comprehensive study, the same process chosen for Cliffs Natural Resources’ proposed chromite mine.

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