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      Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 7:23 AM
      Subject: NAN suspends Northern Table until KI leadership released



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      NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION


      Transmitted by CNW Group on : April 3, 2008 10:23
      NAN suspends Northern Table until KI leadership released

      THUNDER BAY, ON, April 3 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief
      Stan Beardy announced today a unanimous decision of support for
      Kitchenuhumaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) leadership by NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly and
      the decision by NAN to suspend bilateral discussions with the Government of
      Ontario regarding lands and resources until the immediate and unconditional
      release of KI Chief and Council currently serving a six month jail sentence.
      "We cannot in good conscience continue to engage in bilateral discussions
      with the Government of Ontario while one of our leaders and his council are in
      jail for Ontario's failure to fulfill its duty," said NAN Grand Chief Stan
      Beardy. "First Nation leaders from NAN territory have lost their freedom
      because the Government of Ontario ignores the need to overhaul the mining act
      based on supreme court rulings to consult and accommodate First Nations prior
      to development."
      Beardy's comments come after two days of deliberations among Chiefs of
      NAN's 49 First Nation communities and a direction to intervene in an appeal
      process expected to be scheduled for mid April.
      KI Chief Donny Morris, Deputy Chief Jack McKay, councilors Sam McKay,
      Darryl Sainnawap, Cecilia Begg, and band member Bruce Sakakeep were sentenced
      to six months in jail after disobeying a court order allowing junior mining
      exploration company Platinex Inc. to access KI traditional territory.
      Litigation between KI, Platinex Inc., and the Government of Ontario has
      been ongoing since Platinex sued the remote First Nation community for
      $10 billion after they were told to vacate KI traditional land February 2006.
      The bilateral partnership between the Chiefs of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and
      the Government of Ontario, termed the "Northern Table", was established
      November 2007 with the intent to jointly develop a results-based process to
      address and resolve current challenges in the areas of consultation and
      accommodation, resource development, mining, parks, and licensing permits
      within NAN territory.
      Beardy announced initial suspension of the bilateral partnership after KI
      Chief Donny Morris and council were sentenced to six months in jail March 17th
      for civil contempt of court.

      Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization
      representing 49 First Nation communities within James Bay Treaty 9 and Treaty
      5 territory. KI is a signatory to Treaty 9 (1929).




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      /For further information: Jenna Young, Director of Communications -
      Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625-4952 or (807) 628-3953 mobile/

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