FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2008
Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC – The Executive of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs will hold a news conference on Monday April 14th at the beginning of their 24 hour fast in support of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation in Ontario. The fast will begin at 8:00 am on April 14th and will be held at the UBCIC office for the 24 hour period. Dr. Evan Adams has volunteered to monitor the health of the participants, particularly Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Chief Robert Shintah who are diabetic.
The Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (KI) is involved in a dispute with the Government of Ontario and Platinex Mining Inc. KI is a fly-in community located in north-western Ontario. The Band Council members were jailed for protecting not only their territory but their fundamental human rights. The court found them in contempt of a court order allowing Platinex Mining to conduct exploration in their territory. The Chief and Council made the decision not to sign the court-ordered agreement and denied Platinex free-entry to KI lands. Chief Donny Morris, Deputy Chief Jack MacKay, Samuel McKay, Cecilia Begg, Darryl Sainnawap and Bruce Sakakeep are currently in jail in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Date: Monday, April 14th, 2008
Place: Union of BC Indian Chiefs Office, Suite 500 - 342 Water Street, Vancouver BC
Time: 8:30 AM
Who: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President - UBCIC
Chief Robert Shintah, Vice-President – UBCIC
Chief Lynda Price, Secretary-Treasurer - UBCIC
Chief Lisa Shaver, BC Women’s Representative - Assembly of First Nations
For more information please contact:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Office: 604-684-0231 or Cell: 250-490-5314
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.