“We have a choice. We still have fresh water, clean air, and forests. We can still hunt and fish and trap and we will never give up the right to protect our traditional lands and our traditional way of life.” Sam McKay, KI spokesperson
Yesterday, we heard the tremendous news that the First Nations led protest of Dump Site 41 to stop the spoiling of a pristine watershed by a dump site had succeeded. The Tiny Township City Council voted for a one year moratorium. Initiated by a peaceful sit-in of women from the Beausoleil First Nation, the protest grew to include many local townspeople, support of the Council of Canadians and a growing chorus of environmentalists.
The courageous people of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwugis (KI) are out on the land in peaceful protest once again against mining on their lands without their permission. Despite promises from the province last Spring when the KI Chief and Council went to jail for just such a protest, mobilizing support from around the province and across the country, letters to Premier McGuinty sent unanswered. Today they issued a press statement, excerpts appear below