Art Auction Reminder / Canadian Mining Journal Poll / Christian Peacemaker Delegation

May 10th, 7pm – Art Auction at IntuMotion Dance Studio


WHAT:      KINGSTON AREA ARTISTS ART AND GIFT AUCTION
WHEN:      Saturday May 10th,  Preview 7-8pm, Auction at 8pm
WHERE:    IntuMotion Dance Studio, 275 Queen Street (at Barrie), lower level.
WHY:        Protect Mother Earth and buy your gifts for Mother’s Day. Proceeds to AAFN/Lovelace/Sherman NO URANIUM Legal Defence Fund.

The primary objective is to raise funds for the payment of fines incurred by two native leaders, Bob Lovelace and Paula Sherman, of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, who have been convicted of contempt of court. The occupation of the mining site resulted from the provincial government’s neglecting to consult with the local native band–as demanded by law–before issuing mining rights to Frontenac Ventures. The second, longer-term, objective of the event is to raise awareness of the environmental dangers of uranium mining and the unconstitutionality of Ontario’s Mining Act.

Refreshments will be available.  Pay for auction items by cheque or cash.

If you are an artist and have an article to donate to the auction, please contact:

Sylvia Söderlind
Associate Professor
Department of English
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
ss8@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 74428
Fax:  613-533-6872


Canadian Mining Journal Poll – Take 5 seconds to vote!

Donna Dillman has forwarded the link to the Canadian Mining Journal’s poll on the recent decision in British Columbia to ban uranium mining.

Please scroll down and click on the link next to VOTE HERE and tell the Canadian Mining Journal that you want the ban enforced for all time!

The ban on uranium exploration and mining in British Columbia should:

– be scrapped immediately.

– be replaced with stiff regulations.

– be enforced for all time.

Uranium still hot in most of Canada:

Join the Christian Peacemaker Teams Aboriginal Justice Delegation to Algonquin Territory

May 31 – June 8, 2008 (please apply by May 16)

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks participants for a delegation to Robertsville Mine (about 80 km north of Kingston, ON) where two Algonquin First Nations communities are struggling to protect their unceded land from uranium exploration and mining.

The CPT Aboriginal Justice Delegation will meet with Algonquin leaders and settler and environmental activists; seek the perspectives of those who are in support of uranium exploration (including government officials); make visits to the historic blockade site; develop an analysis of colonialism; participate in undoing racism training; and organize a public witness in support of the Algonquin’s struggle for justice. This is a crucial time for your voice to be heard for a just resolution of this matter.

Participants in this delegation should be prepared to:

Participate in non-violent public witness regarding Aboriginal sovereignty issues;
Be housed in rustic conditions, and spend time outside;
Communicate their experiences to local congregations, groups and the media upon return;

Arrange their own travel to and from Kingston, Ontario (CPT can assist with logistics);

Raise $275 (CDN or US) to cover delegation expenses.

For more information or to apply, contact:

Christian Peacemaker Teams, PO Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680
Phone 1-800-318-2843; fax 773-277-0291; e-mail delegations@cpt.org
Applications available on the web at http://www.cpt.org; click “Delegations”

Frontenac Ventures Corporation (FVC) is licensed under the Ontario Mining Act to conduct exploratory drilling on 60 square kilometres of historic Algonquin territory. An open-pit uranium mine would release toxic radon gas and polonium, and leave behind millions of tonnes of radioactive tailings that will permanently pollute groundwater. The Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN) says, “Uranium mining will lead directly to our social, spiritual and cultural demise.” Algonquin leader Bob Lovelace has been jailed for his non-violent resistance to illegal and immoral actions by the Ontario government, while many other Algonquin leaders from both Shabot Obaadjiwan FN and AAFN face heavy fines. This delegation will coincide with the continued court proceedings related to this situation.

After occupying the Robertsville Mine for 107 days throughout the summer of 2007, both First Nations participated in a mediation process with the federal and provincial governments and FVC, talks which broke down when the provincial government predetermined that the outcome must include drilling.  In February and March, an Ontario Superior Court judge issued prison sentences and stiff fines to Algonquin leaders for their non-violent resistance to a court injunction which prohibited the blockade. The Algonquins have called for a moratorium on uranium exploration and are seeking a resolution to their historic national land claims. The resistance campaign to prevent uranium mining is supported by local “settler” (non-Algonquin) residents.

CPT is an initiative of the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Quakers), with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations

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