"Helen Forsey"
IMMEDIATE: Anti-Uranium: Blockade
Sun Sep 30, 2007 16:24

From: "Helen Forsey" hforsey@magma.ca
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 12:11:06 -0400
To: "hforsey"
Subject: IMMEDIATE: Anti-Uranium: Blockade

Dear Friends,

Below is Allan Slater's latest report, not from Iraq this time, but from my "backyard" here in the autumn woods of Frontenac County. I too have been camping at the protest site for the past month, as some of you already know, and the struggle continues.

Huge thanks to all of you who have been supporting this protest in various ways. Now, with a new court injunction looming, the need for even more public and political support is urgent!

The Algonquins have been carrying the ball for the past three months, with lots of support, yes, but also at enormous personal and collective cost. Our governments and our legal system are effectively supporting the greed and callousness of the corporations, putting our environment in grave danger while dismissing Aboriginal rights and flouting all common sense, just to serve the interests of the mining industry, and the stock market. It is up to all of us now - especially us non-Aboriginals who are supposedly represented by the governments of Ontario and Canada - to carry it on.

This must be resolved politically through public information, media attention and pressure on our governments. And we must make sure that happens - for the sake of all of us, our children and grandchildren, for the generations to come who will suffer the effects if we fail to stop this nuclear madness.

Please check out the information on www.ccamu.ca < http://www.ccamu.ca > and by googling "Shabot Obaadjiwan". Then please do whatever you can - letters to the editor, calls and letters to politicians and candidates, spreading the word to friends and family, visiting the site or contributing to the protest in whatever other way you can.

Thank you.


----- Original Message -----
From: Bev & Allan Slater baslater@quadro.net
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 10:18 PM
Subject: Blockade in Frontenac County

The Source of Nuclear Power

Frank Morrison was cutting his winter supply of wood on his farm in northern Frontenac County in October of 2006. He suddenly came across stakes and severely damaged trees in his woodlot. This was the first warning that a company called Frontenac Ventures was exploring for uranium in the area. People soon learned that the provincial government had given Frontenac Ventures permission to stake uranium claims on privately owned land and on crown land that is claimed by Algonquin First Nations people.

On June 28, 2007, the Algonquin people set up a blockade at the main gate to the exploration site. Within a few days the white settlers in the area had formed the Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium, www.ccamu.ca, to support the Algonquin action. These pristine hills and forests of north Frontenac are the head waters of the Mississippi River which flows down to the Ottawa River through Carleton Place, Almonte and Packenham. People from all along the river right down to Ottawa are supporting the blockade.

Several weeks ago Christian Peacemaker Teams sent a team at the blockade. I joined the team for a week on September 16. Tents and trailers are set along the road and just inside the gates of the property. People come when they have days off work to be part of the blockade. When they go back home, they leave their tents and trailers for others to use. A circle of some 20 chairs is drawn up around an open fire in front of the gate. People come and go, bringing coffee and snacks, and stopping a while to get news of latest court actions. Inside the gates, generators provide power to run a kitchen and keep freezers cold. Those freezers are stocked with food that has been donated by hundreds of supporters.

On Saturday, September 22, a flotilla of canoes set off from Ardoch on Mud Lake to paddle down the Mississippi River to Ottawa. About 100 people gathered in front of a cairn by the lake that commemorated the efforts of Algoquin war chief Harold Perry's efforts to save the wild rice in Mud Lake from destruction in the 1980's. Algonquin Grand Chief and Grandfather of all Grandfathers, William Camanda from Maniwaki Quebec performed some opening pipe and smudging ceremonies with sweet grass and sage. Two young women, Corrie and Jill, went down to the lake to fill two mason jars with clear water from Mud Lake, to be presented to the people of Ottawa. Several Algonquin drummers beat out a travelling song on the big drum. Harold Perry, now a wiry 77 years old slid his canoe, that he himself had made, into the water to lead the way to Ottawa.

We often hear stories from around the world of farmers and native people trying to protect their lands from miners, loggers, and other resource extractors. In North Frontenac County I have now experienced that same struggle here in Southern Ontario.

Allan Slater





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