FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2008
“The Union of BC Indian Chiefs finds the jailing of Chief Donny Morris and all six council members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation to be completely outrageous. Once again the Province of Ontario has jailed community members for protecting not only their territories but their fundamental human rights," said Grand Chief Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. "Such brutal, heavy-handed and highly provocative sentencing by the Courts of Ontario shall only serve to exacerbate an already dangerously volatile situation.”
“In the event that this dangerously provocative trend continues, it will certainly provoke an ugly backlash of unprecedented proportions. Given these startling developments, what does the future hold for the First Nations of Ontario? Internment Camps?” observed Grand Chief Phillip. “When personal rights are restricted, the length of trials quickened and more severe penalties served, the Government of Ontario might as well call for Martial Law.”
“Who is in control of the political agenda in Ontario, the mining industry? Given the ugly, thuggish approach demonstrated thus far, we call on Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine to tear-up any Protocol Agreements between the AFN and the mining industry” said Grand Chief Phillip.
“We hereby serve notice and warn Premier McGuinty that the Indigenous Leaders and People of Turtle Island are closely monitoring developments in Ontario. Be fully advised, we stand in full support and solidarity with the Chiefs and Council members of both Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and Ardoch First Nations” concluded Grand Chief Phillip.
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Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.