January 22, 2007 11:20 ET

First Nations launch court action over Toronto landfill

First Nations launch court action over Toronto landfill

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO (MEDIA ADVISORY)--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 22, 2007) - The Oneida Nation of the Thames, supported by the Chippewas of the Thames and Munsee-Deleware Nation are initiating a court action to thwart the proposed sale of the Green Lane landfill site to the City of Toronto. The Green Lane Landfill Site (Site) is located in Part of Lots 21, 22 and 23, Concession III, north of Highway 401, in Southwold Township, County of Elgin. southwest of the City of London.

These three First Nations represent all First Nations interests in the London area, which includes the site of the Green Lane Landfill. This is the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Oneida and Deleware Nations. These First Nations, with the support of the Union of Ontario Indians and the Chiefs of Ontario will oppose any action that may lead to the directing Toronto's garbage to First Nations' traditional territory.

Union of Ontario Indians' Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, representing 42 First Nation in Ontario, unequivocally supports this action and will take whatever measures necessary to protect the traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation.

WHAT: News Conference

WHO: Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse
Chief Kelly Riley, Chippewas of the Thames
Chief Randall Phillips, Oneida Nation of the Thames
Chief Patrick Waddilove, Munsee-Delaware First Nation

WHERE: Chiefs of Ontario Office
111 Peter Street, Toronto, Ontario

WHEN: This afternoon, January 22, 2007

TIME: 1:00 p.m.

The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 42-member First Nations across Ontario . The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.
/For further information: Chief Kelly Riley (519) 289-5555
Chief Randall Phillips (519) 652-3244/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Bob Goulais, Executive Assistant to the Grand Council Chief
    Primary Phone: 705-497-9127 ext. 2245
    Secondary Phone: 705-498-5250
    E-mail: goubob@anishinabek.ca