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Information Rally to Protest Uranium exploration and mining in Ardoch/Shabot Lake - Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 3 pm

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      Subject: Information Rally to Protest Uranium exploration and mining in Ardoch/Shabot Lake - Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 3 pm


      Information Rally to Protest Uranium exploration and mining in Ardoch/Shabot Lake - Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 3 pm




      As you may already be aware, The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, together with people from the area, Mining Watch Canada, and other Aboriginal and non Aboriginal peoples, are actively engaged in an effort to prevent drilling for uranium in the Ardoch/Shabot Lake area, in view of the grave threat to area and water table, including the Ottawa River Watershed, to the traditional wild rice, hunting and trapping areas and lifestyles, to plants and wildlife, and to present and future generations.


      Provincial officials are investigating the concerns. It is noted that people in British Columbia and New Brunswick, Labrador and Nova Scotia are rejecting uranium exploration and mining, and concerns are mounting elsewhere.


      Elder William Commanda was invited to visit the area over the past few days. He conducted a pipe ceremony on June 29, 2007, to pray for the maintenance of peace at this difficult time.


      This cause touches him personally. Since 1999, people in Elder William Commanda's community, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, must use bottled water, because of the uranium in the well water. Other than this great hinderance and cost to lifestyle, the impact on the overall health of the community is not assessed; but he is painfully aware that three young children within his inner family network are fighting cancer, and that one child was born with just one kidney. He notes also that in 2002, his colleagues participated in the Hiroshima Flame Walk from Seattle to New York City, a walk for world peace, mindful that many of their lands were used for the extraction of plutonium and uranium and the dumping of nuclear wastes, with disastrous consequences across the globe, and in violation of their sacred relationship with their lands. He notes also that in 2004, we were reminded of the horror of nuclear weapons when thirty Japanese guests participated in a healing sweat lodge ceremony during his Circle of All Nations Spiritual Gathering, on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. He himself has conducted prayer and ceremony in Japan and across this continent concerning the aftermath of nuclear warfare and waste.


      On Sunday, July 8, 2007, at 3 pm, the community at Ardoch/Shabot Lake, will hold an information rally, and they invite you and your communities and colleagues to join them in support and solidarity. (Highway#7 North from Shabot Lake on Road 509, 12 Km North on Road #509, at the site alongside the roadway.)


      Grandfather Commanda has to prepare for a medical procedure at the Civic Hospital, and so may not be able to participate this rally in person. He will be there in prayer.


      But he knows he can count on all of you to support the Algonquin Nations and their colleagues in this peaceful effort to advance the three indigenous rs - Respect, Responsibility and Reverence for Mother Earth, in the spirit of A Circle of All Nations, a Culture of Peace, and in joint stewardship of the Ottawa River Watershed.


      Thank you for your support.




      For more information, please view website www.aafna.ca









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