Saturday, September 09, 2006

Canadian Aboriginal Victory

A remote Canadian Aboriginal community in northern Ontario won the first step in a legal suit protecting their land and mineral rights. The Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug countersued the Platinex Company which, in turn, was suing the tribe to accept $10,000,000,000 so the company could mine platinum on traditional aboriginal territory. Judge GP Smith of the Ontario Superior Court agreed that the land has huge cultural and spiritual importance for the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. The landmark decision represents one of the most important victories empowering Canadian Aboriginal communities in Ontario's judicial history. Any mining by Platinex would have to be agreed to in negotiations.

See Canadian aboriginal art, photos and videos at Free Spirit Gallery.

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