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May 2-May 8, 2023: Weekly News Roundup

Ten First Nations—Attawapiskat First Nation, Apitipi Anicinapek Nation, Aroland First Nation, Constance Lake First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation, Fort Albany First Nation, Ginoogaming First Nation, Kashechewan First Nation, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation and Neskantaga First Nation—launched a $95 billion lawsuit against the Provincial and Federal governments. They are challenging the Ontario government’s sovereignty on Treaty 9 lands, and stating that nation to nation relationships need to go beyond mere consultation.

Chief Wayne Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation states that the Ring of Fire developments will need to consult with nations down river, as well as Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation. Moonias speaks of the need for any development to centre meaningful participation by, and benefit for, Indigenous communities in the region.

May 2, 2023 (APTN):

Chief expects his First Nation will hit 30 years under boil water advisory

“Twenty-eight years – that’s how long Neskantaga First Nation has been under a boil water advisory – 10,317 days to be exact.

“It’s a sad situation,” says Christopher Moonias, the chief of the First Nation located roughly 450 km north of Thunder Bay.” Read more here. . .

May 4, 2023 (The Breach):

As mining fight escalates, First Nations challenge Ontario’s power

Treaty 9 nations are countering the province’s plans with a bold vision of shared land management

“. . . leadership from Neskantaga and nine other northern Ontario First Nations allege the provincial and federal governments have broken the 1905 treaty by regulating how the land can be used and by approving invasive mining and logging projects in the region. 

The First Nations announced a $95 billion lawsuit against both governments last week, which ultimately seeks to create a co-jurisdictional system where both governments must consult First Nations as equals before regulating Treaty 9 lands.” Read more here . . .

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