Ontario “sleeping at the wheel” when it comes to monitoring company say Cree community’s leaders
A nearly three week-long diamond mine ice road blockade was moved to a section crossing the Attawapiskat River while seven of the individuals involved in the protest prepared for a court appearance in Timmins, Ont., Friday.
OPP Aboriginal liaison officers met with the Attawapiskat diamond mine ice road blockaders on Monday afternoon while the band council waited for De Beers to endorse an agreement that would end the now nine-day protest that has severed the mining giant’s overland supply route.
The diamond mine ice road blockade outside Attawapiskat continued into its eight day Sunday despite a sheriff planting an injunction notice in the snow at the site during the early morning hours.
A sheriff posted an injunction notice at the site of a week-long blockade on a diamond mine ice road a little over four hours after he was turned away from the Attawapiskat airport.
Backed by a number of community members, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence on Saturday turned away a sheriff who arrived in the community to serve the remaining blockaders who have barricaded an ice road leading to a diamond mine for a week.
Inside the wood stove-warmed canvas tent beside the barricades on the ice road leading to the diamond mine Rebecca Iahtail says she’s dying from cancer.
De Beers Diamond Company is turning to the courts to help it end the blockade outside of Attawapiskat.
Moments after Steven Thomas, chief financial officer for De Beers, informed a group of blockaders the company would seek an injunction to have police end the ice road blockade, Attawapiskat band councillor Gerry Nakogee grabbed a microphone and accused the diamond mining giant of tricking the community.