Ontario First Nations Sign Declaration to Protect Rights and Interests on Traditional Territories

On July 8, 2003, Chief Peter Moonias, Chief Roger Oskineegish, and Chief Dean Cromarty signed a Declaration for the Protection of Rights and Interests to the Traditional Territories of the Neskantaga First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation, and Wunnumin Lake First Nation.

Addressed to the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, Aurora Platinum Corp., De Beers Canada Corp., Lake Shore Gold Corp. and Superior Diamonds Inc., this declaration affirms the right and authority to protect their rights and interests to their traditional territories. It emphasizes the importance for consultation and prior informed consent before mining companies gain access to their territory.

MiningWatch Canada sees this Declaration as a courageous act of solidarity.