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Lawsuits launched.

Two Ontario First Nations are continuing their efforts to try to keep a mining exploration company from drilling on land they claim as part of their traditional territory.

Members of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation have been blocking the entrance to the site where Frontenac Ventures Corporation plans to drill for uranium samples. They've been there since June 28, and don't plan on going anywhere until a moratorium is put in place banning uranium mining on their land.

The battle between the communities and the exploration company is also being played out in the courtroom. Frontenac launched a $77 million lawsuit against the two communities over their interference in the planned exploration, and the communities have countered with a $1 billion suit against the province, charging that the Ontario government failed to consult them before granting the mining rights to Frontenac, and a $10 million countersuit against Frontenac.

Ownership of the land Frontenac wants to explore is currently the subject of land claim talks between the federal and provincial governments and the two communities.
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Title Annotation:Windspeaker news briefs; Frontenac Ventures Corporation
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Date:Oct 1, 2007
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