Listen to an interview with Toronto based lawyer Christopher Reid representing the Algonquin of Ontario currently fighting a proposed uranium mine.
In Ontario a dispute between Algonquin indigenous protestors and a Canadian mining corporation has reached a new level of tension.
Algonquin protestors set up a blockade two months ago along on a road leading toward disputed territory in Ontario after learning that the Canadian mining corporation Frontenac Ventures planned to begin operations on the land.
The proposed uranium mine is unpopular with both native and non-native local communities. Ontario mining laws stipulate that a corporation can explore territory for a potential mine after informing provincial authorities of their
Algonquin community leaders say they never received prior notification of the mining company's plans. They argue that the lack
of communication on the matter constitutes a violation of Canadian law regarding indigenous land claims.
Despite past legal precedent, an Ontario judge this week ordered that the mining corporation Frontenac Ventures, "shall have immediate,
unfettered access to the property,". The Algonquin demonstrators plan to remain at the protest camp on the access road and have vowed to keep the mining company out of their territory.