The people of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation Ontario are experiencing déjà vu, after a dispute over mineral exploration by God's Lake Resources (GLR) on KI's traditional lands. KI claims there may be sacred burial sites located on GLR's mineral exploration site.
The dispute risks a repeat of the 2008 imprisonment of KI Chief Donny Morris and five other Council members, who were imprisoned for protesting mineral development and exploration on their traditional lands by Platinex Inc.
"God's Lake recklessly and deliberately ignored our advice and entered the land," said KI Chief Donny Morris.
KI issued a letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, and an eviction notice to GLR at the end of September 2011.
KI has asked the Ontario Government to suspend the project, apologize to the community, agree that no further work will be undertaken, and honour a 2008 promise by the McGuinty government to create a joint review panel to address consultation protocols in the region before issues get to the point of direct action.
GLR has said it will ignore the eviction notice issued by KI, claiming requests to identify cultural sites have not been answered by KI, but agrees better consultation standards are required.
"We recognize that KI and GLR may have one goal in common: Ontario First Nations and all claimholders in Ontario need to have guidelines that help us to interact respectfully," said Edward Ludwig, GLR President & CEO.
View October 13th, 2011 Wawatay News article
View October 11th, 2011 Net News Ledger article
View Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), Land & Environment Unit web page
View KI Letters to Government and Press Releases
View October 11th, 2011 First Perspective article
View October 3, 2011 God's Lake Resources press release
View Manitoba Wildlands Aboriginal Court Cases & Consultations page
Wawatay News, KI website, Government of Ontario, God's Lake Resources