KINGSTON, ON: CPT to join public 1 March witness supporting First Nations' struggle against Uranium mining.

CPTnet
29 February 2008
KINGSTON, ON: CPT to join public 1 March witness supporting First Nations' struggle against Uranium mining.


Christian Peacemaker Teams will participate in a public witness of solidarity through downtown Kingston, ON on Saturday, 1 March 2008 at 2:30 P.M. commencing at the Frontenac County Court House. The witness is in honour of Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations who are resisting uranium exploration on their traditional lands and Ardoch political prisoner Bob Lovelace. Participants will lament the actions of the Ontario court that shackle and mock values of justice, aboriginal rights, and the integrity of creation and will advocate action to change Ontario’s way of relating to Aboriginal Peoples.

On 15 February 2008, Judge Douglas Cunningham of the Superior Court of Ontario in Kingston imposed a $25,000 fine and six-month jail term on Bob Lovelace, retired Ardoch Algonquin First Nations Chief, on contempt of court charges for preventing Frontenac Ventures Ltd. from drilling test holes. Co-Chief Paula Sherman received a $15,000 fine. She, Chief Doreen Davis, and Earl Badour of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation negotiated a release from further penalties by agreeing to comply with terms of the Cunningham's injunction. The court also issued stiff penalties to Ardoch Algonquin and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations members for protecting their traditional territories from uranium mining.

Lovelace, Sherman, Davis, and Badour are scheduled to reappear in Court on 18 March 2008 to respond to additional charges.

For further information, check the following websites:

Ardoch Algonquin First Nation http://www.aafna.ca

Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation http://www.shabotisstillhere.com

Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium http://www.ccamu.ca

Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.ca/resource_centre/news/view.php?load=arcview&article=4217&c=Resource+Centre+News

Christian Peacemaker Teams Canada http://www.cpt.org