Union of BC Indian Chiefs & First Nations Summit

March 20, 2008 08:01 ET

AFN and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada MoU

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - OPEN LETTER

March 19, 2008

National Chief Phil Fontaine
Suite 810-473 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1R 5B4

FAX: 613-241-5808

Re: MOU between the Assembly of First Nations and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Dear National Chief

The First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs are writing to you with respect to the March 4th, 2008 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Assembly of First Nations and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

We feel that in light of the recent Ontario court decision to sentence Chief Donny Morris and all six council members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, the Assembly of First Nations should immediately terminate this MOU with PDAC. The community members have been jailed for protecting their Title and Rights to their territories and any continued relationship with the mining industry will be indelibly stained by these shocking events. This brutal, heavy-handed and highly provocative sentencing by the Courts of Ontario shall only serve to exacerbate an already dangerously volatile situation. Given the ugly, thuggish approach demonstrated thus far, by the Courts and by the mining industry it is of the utmost importance to show our support of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation and refuse to have any relationship with the mining industry.

The nature and intent of the MOU has not been upheld by the mining industry, therefore again, we strongly urge the Assembly of First Nations to tear-up this agreement to show unwavering support and unity for Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation.

Be advised, we stand in full support and solidarity with the Chiefs and Council members of both Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and Ardoch First Nations and we hope to see that the MOU is effectively terminated.

Sincerely,
The First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

On behalf of the FIRST NATIONS SUMMIT:

Grand Chief Edward John
Dave Porter
Chief Judith Sayers

On behalf of the UNION OF BC INDIAN CHIEFS

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Chief Robert Shintah
Chief Lynda Price

Cc: Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada /For further information: Grand Chief Ed John (604) 926-9903/ IN: ENERGY, JUSTICE, MINING, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs & First Nations Summit
    Primary Phone: 250-490-5314
    E-mail: president@ubcic.bc.ca