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February 2007

Court action over Toronto landfill

The Oneida Nation of the Thames, supported by the Chippewas of the Thames and Munsee-Deleware Nation, are initiating a court action to thwart the proposed sale of the Green Lane landfill site to the City of Toronto. The sale, and a recent environmental Certificate of Approval, paves the way to the diversion of Toronto garbage to Green Lane and into the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Oneida and Deleware Nations.

These First Nations, with the support of the Union of Ontario Indians and the Chiefs of Ontario will oppose any action that may lead to directing Toronto's garbage to First Nations' traditional territory.

Grand Council Chief John Beaucage states, "The sale of the Green Lane landfill site represents a call to battle for our people. We will not tolerate such a threat to our lands and waters. The Anishinabek Nation unequivocally supports this action and will take whatever measures necessary to protect the traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation."

Both the City of Toronto and the provincial government have been taken to task over their lack of consultation with the affected First Nations.

A deeper issue concerning the area Chiefs is that each of the three First Nations draw their drinking water from an aquifer which is located under the Thames River.

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