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Huge land withdrawal catches KI off guard

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The Ontario government says its recent land withdrawal near Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) will help avoid future disagreements like the ongoing conflict between God’s Lake Resources and KI.
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines announced Mar. 4 that it has withdrawn 23,181 square kilometers “in the vicinity of KI” from prospecting and mine claim staking.
But KI Chief Donny Morris said the land withdrawal caught his community off guard, considering that negotiations between the First Nation and Ontario over land claims broke down months ago.

Water quality act flawed, says NAN

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The dire lack of safe drinking water on northern Ontario First Nations will not be remedied by new federal government water quality legislation, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) has warned.
NAN deputy grand chief Les Loutit denounced the federal government’s introduction of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, calling it “an attempt by the federal government to unload its responsibility for water quality to First Nations.”
Loutit noted that the act fails to address the “critical lack of infrastructure in NAN communities.”

Calls for addiction withdrawal help get louder

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Leaders with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) have brought their fears over the impending prescription drug withdrawal crisis to Ontario’s capital.
NAN held a press conference in Toronto on Feb. 29 to explain the plight facing northern communities as oxycodone is taken off the market.
Medical officials and First Nations leaders say the effect on communities of mass withdrawal will be dire, not only on addicts but on children, elders and the community as a whole.

Ahead of the curve

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One thing was overwhelmingly clear during last week’s Prospectors and Developers mining conference in Toronto: the eyes of the mining world are focused squarely on northern Ontario.
Booths for the two big Ring of Fire players, Noront and Cliffs Resources, were packed all week. But it was not only the Ring of Fire getting attention. From gold mining around Red Lake to uranium and other heavy metals near Lake Nipigon, the mineral potential across the vast north was on display.

Four Matawa chiefs pledge East-West corridor

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Four Matawa First Nations are examining building and operating their own Ring of Fire transportation corridor between Pickle Lake and Webequie Junction.
Eabametoong, Neskantaga, Nibinamik and Webequie First Nations have signed an agreement to work together on building an East-West corridor for the Ring of Fire.
The signing, a highlight of the Prospectors and Developers mining conference in Toronto, marks a shift away from letting industry plan its own transportation network between potential mines and processing plants further south.

ᐱᒥᐊᔭᓂᑫ ᐊᓂᒥᐃᐁᐧᒪᑲᐣ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂ ᑲᑭᐱ ᑲᑲᐧᑕᑭᐦᐃᐨ ᒣᑲᐧᐨ ᐁᑲᓇᐁᐧᑕᑯᓯᐨ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᐃᐧᑲᒥᑯᐠ

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“ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᑭᑭᑫᐣᑕᓇᐊᐧ ᐊᓂᐣ ᑲᑭᑐᑕᐃᐧᐣᑕᐧ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᑲᓇᐁᐧᐣᑕᑯᓯᐊᐧᐨ,” ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒥᑕᐟ. “ᓂᓇᐃᐧᐣᐟ ᑕᐡ ᐃᒪ ᐣᑭᐊᔭᒥᐣ. ᐣᑭᐊᐧᐸᒪᒥᐣ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᑭᑲᑲᐧᑕᑭᐦᐃᐣᑕᐧ.”
“ᒥᔑᐣ ᐊᐊᐧᔑᔕᐠ ᑲᐃᐧᐣ ᒋᑭᐅᐣᒋ ᑭᐁᐧᐊᐨ,” ᑭᐊᓂᐃᑭᑐ. “ᒥᑕᐡ ᐅᐁᐧ ᒥᓇᐊᐧ ᑯᑕᐠ ᑫᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᑲᐧᐠ ᒋᔭᓂᒧᒋᑲᑌᐠ.”
ᒥᑕᐟ ᑭᐃᑭᑐ ᒪᐊᐧᐨ ᐃᑯ ᓇᑕᐁᐧᑕᑲᐧᐣ ᑌᐯᐧᐃᐧᓂᐠ ᒋᐃᓇᑐᑌᑭᐣ ᐅᓄᐁᐧᓂᐊᐧᐣ ᑐᑲᓂ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᒋᑭᑭᓄᐦᐊᒪᑯᓄᐊᐧᐠ ᐃᒪ ᑲᑭᓇ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯᐣ ᑲᐊᔭᑭᐣ ᒥᓯᐁᐧ ᑌᑎᐸᑲᒥᐠ ᑲᓇᑕ ᐊᐦᑭᐠ. ᒥᐦᐅᒪ ᑲᔦ ᑫᐅᒋ ᓂᓯᑕᐁᐧᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐁᐧᒥᑎᑯᔑᐊᐧᐠ ᐊᓂᐣ ᒥᓂᑯᐠ ᑫᐱᒪᓄᑲᑕᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ ᒋᑭᔭᓂᔕᐳᐡᑲᒧᐊᐧᐨ ᑲᑭᔭᐱᒋ ᑲᑲᐧᑕᑭᐦᐃᑕᐧ ᐃᒪ ᐃᐡᑯᓄᑲᒥᑯᐣ, ᑭᐃᑭᑐ.

Mining conflict sparks KI protests

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The ongoing conflict between Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and God’s Lake Resources took center stage on the mining front in a week that saw the Prospectors and Developers Association announce a former First Nations chief as president and a huge mining conference turn the attention of the world to northern Ontario minerals.
KI attracted hundreds of protestors to a Toronto rally against mining exploration on its traditional lands, right outside a mining conference where 30,000 delegates from around the world had gathered.

KI rallies Toronto as chief mobilizes in North

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Inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on March 6, the bustle of thousands of mining executives drowned out nearly everything but talk of the benefits of mining.
Outside however, in the cold wind on Toronto’s Front Street, a very different message was on display.
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) councillor Cecilia Begg was telling the national media and everyone else who asked that yes, she was ready to be arrested again for protecting her community’s traditional lands.

First Nations around Ring of Fire pledge to build East-West corridor

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Four Matawa First Nations are examining building and operating their own Ring of Fire transportation corridor between Pickle Lake and Webequie Junction.
Eabametoong, Neskantaga, Nibinamik and Webequie First Nations have signed an agreement to work together on building an East-West corridor for the Ring of Fire.
The signing, a highlight of the Prospectors and Developers mining conference in Toronto from Mar. 4-7, marks a shift away from letting industry plan its own transportation network between potential mines and processing plants further south.

Residential schools leave lasting legacy

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For Grace Winter, the effects of residential school on First Nations youth are still very apparent.
Winter, the director and founder of Seven Youth Media Network, told an audience at the Healing the Legacy conference during Lakehead University’s Aboriginal Awareness Week that she constantly sees the intergenerational effects of residential schools while doing interviews and in the writings of the magazine’s contributors.

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