Statement of Solidarity for Ardoch Algonquin First Nations (AAFN) In Their Struggle Against Uranium Exploration and Mining
Central East Correctional Centre
541 Hwy 36
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4S6
Ardoch Algonquin First Nation – “Paula Sherman”
Canadian government – “Prime Minister Stephen Harper” firstname.lastname@example.org, “Robert Nicholson, Attorney General and Minister of Justice”
Ontario government and opposition critics – “Premier Dalton McGuinty”
Re: Statement of Solidarity for Ardoch Algonquin First Nations (AAFN) In Their Struggle Against Uranium Exploration and Mining
February 25, 2008
Fredericton, New Brunswick – We are writing in solidarity with the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and leaders of their community currently facing jail time and fines for their role in peaceful protest against uranium exploration on Algonquin land.
From New Brunswick, where uranium exploration is also occurring, we are shocked to learn that your communities were not notified of plans to explore for uranium before forest was cleared and blasting began. We are outraged to learn that AAFN Spokesperson and Negotiator Robert Lovelace is facing 6 months incarceration and tens of thousands of dollars in fines for upholding Algonquin law on Algonquin homeland.
We support calls to immediately drop charges against the AAFN, to free political prisoner Robert Lovelace and to withdraw all fines imposed on the AAFN.
We urge the province of Ontario to work with Indigenous peoples to undertake immediate reform of provincial laws and policies that fail to respect and uphold the duty of meaningful consultation, accommodation and consent. The province must also take urgent measures to address conflicts arising from its past failures that oppress and deny Indigenous peoples their rights.
Fredericton Peace Coalition
Mobilization – a student and community social justice group in Fredericton
Knowledge is Power Collective
Rev. George Feenstra, Minister of the Nashwaaksis United Church of Canada
From Behind Bars – prison support radio show in Fredericton
Wilhelmina Nolan, International Institute of Concern for Public Health