from occupation to incarceration – a timeline

The best ongoing coverage of this story has been local, naturally.
Jeff Green, publisher and editor of “The Frontenac News” has told the story from the beginning.

http://www.frontenacnews.ca

On February 21, 2008 he published this summary of events:

June 28, 2007
Members of the Ardoch and Shabot Obaadjiwaan First Nations begin an occupation of the Robertsville mine, the headquarters and access point of Frontenac Ventures Corporation for an exploration project on a 30,000 acre mining claim. The company has the intention of pursuing a drilling program to determine if there is “an economic uranium resource” on the property.

The Algonquins say they were forced to take drastic action when the government of Ontario breached their duty to consult with them before registering Frontenac Ventures mining claims since the territory is included in the Algonquin Land Claim.

July 25, 2007
Frontenac Ventures initiates a $77 million lawsuit against the Algonquins and their supporters. At the same time they apply to Kingston Superior Court for an injunction ordering the occupation to end. A counter suit is subsequently filed by Ardoch against Frontenac Ventures and the government of Ontario for $1.03 billion.

August 2007
Through their lawyers, the Shabot Obaadjiwaan and the Ardoch Algonquins inform the court that they have opted not to contest the injunction saying the courts are no place to deal with aboriginal disputes, which they characterize as political in nature. They cite Justice Linden’s report on the Ipperwash Inquiry, which they say argues this very point.

August 31, 2007
An injunction is served ordering all protesters to vacate the site, granting Frontenac Ventures Corporation “unfettered access” to the Roberstvillle mine and the mining claim lands.

October 2007
The names of eight people are presented to Superior Court Justice Cunningham as people who are willing to confirm that had attended at the Robertsville mine, in contravention of the injunction.

October 5, 2007
A deal is reached in the judge’s chambers, effectively ending the occupation and setting up a 12-week window for mediation between the Algonquins and the Government of Ontario before Frontenac Ventures was scheduled to begin test drilling for uranium. The contempt of court process is frozen to allow for a mediated settlement to be sought.

November 2007
The Algonquin communities vacate the Robertsville mine and set up a small encampment on the road allowance near the gate.

December 2007
Mediation begins.

January 31, 2008
Mediation breaks down over the issue of drilling

February 12-15, 2008
Court hearing and sentencing.

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