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By Kahentinetha Horn MNN Mohawk Nation News  Posted by (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 3 pages)   1 comment
Frontenac Ventures Corporation is going to court in Kingston on September 20th to get a permanent injunction to remove the Algonquins and their settler allies from the land of their ancestors. They want to mine uranium.

According to Frontenac's listing, it provides "internet electronic commerce solutions"-. Pretty vague and banal. Look at their
website and don't be fooled.

The question that has been bugging us is how did Frontenac get a permit from the Ontario government to explore 60 square kilometers of East Brancroft, which are Sharbot and Ardoc Lakes, 42 miles north of Kingston? Who is responsible for this violation of Indigenous rights? It certainly wasn't a public act of the Ontario legislature.

A little sleuthing revealed that the Geological Survey of Canada, a federal government department, has an "open"- file #4460. This means the Canadian government has surveyed the area. The "airborne gamma ray spectrometry and airborne radio metric "anomalies"- are the uranium deposits on Algonquin land.

Frontenac never specifically stated how they got this permit from the Ontario government or how this colonial interloper ever gained the right to give anyone such a permit. Even in cases where there have been treaties, Canada's Indian Affairs department has usually recognized that the indigenous peoples retain underground mineral rights. In this case, the Algonquins never surrendered the land in question. Ontario's authority is based on pure presumption. It looks like outright theft from the Algonquins, who are being kept in the dark.

In all probability, based on our past experience with the settler society, we would guess that the shady characters behind Frontenac Ventures already know it's a fraud on the Algonquins and on the Canadian public. Frontenac is using government surveys and Algonquin land as collateral to raise money for their project.

According to a December 18th 2006 power point presentation
by S. White, the secretary of Frontenac, so far this company
has invested $250,000 in 2006 for their exploration program.

In 2006 Frontenac discovered additional uranium based on about 100 core samples and 4,500 kilograms of bulk samples which were sent for testing to Lakefield Research in Peterborough. They found more uranium than expected.

Imagine how excited the weapons salesmen for the U.S. and Canadian military must have been! These guys have no common sense. They don't care how many people they kill or how much of the world they destroy, as long as they make their profit.

In 2007 Frontenac announced they are hoping to raise $3 million to go in and explore for more uranium. That's when they started to make plans to get it out. But the Algonquins and the local settlers got wind of it. That's when some information seeped out to the public and the protests began.

You would think that a project involving a huge natural resource, and the integrity of the environment of a substantial part of southern Ontario and Quebec would require public consideration and consultation before being set in motion.

You might think that in a democracy that such a project would be the object of public discussion in a legislature composed of representatives of the people. Not so in Canada! The so-called government is a corporate lackey.

It acts mechanically without thinking, without feeling, without consultation, as if there was no humanity involved. It behaves with robotic loyalty to its corporate controllers.

What passes for "government"- in the settler society told Frontenac there are 12 million tons of material in the East Bancroft find, from which can be extracted half a pound of uranium per ton. The entire area will have to be indelibly scarred destroying the environment for thousands of years in order to get the uranium out. This is what "open pit mining"- is about and is brazenly spelled out on Frontenac's website.

It's also known in the industry as "over-burden stripping "" cut and dump"-.

The dirt that was trucked out during the exploration was found to yield higher concentrations of uranium than the government estimated - 14.2 pounds per ton of material, to be exact! They will be running in there with shovels and pails in hand. This means that they hit the "mother lode"-, the "jackpot"-! In terms of the military industrial war complex, it's a license to print money.

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