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Please note the recent book for sale by Paula Sherman. All royalties for the book go toward providing scholarships for post-secondary education for Ardoch community members.

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Dishonour of the Crown

The Ontario Resource Regeime in the Valley of the Kiji Sibi
By Paula Sherman

The territory of the Omàḿwinini (Algonquin) peoples of southern Ontario is rich with natural resources. Yet for more than four centuries, the Algonquin have been economically and politically marginalized, while corporate and foreign interests profited from their land. In 2006, one community discovered that 26,000 acres had been staked for uranium exploration-land they never surrendered to the Crown through any treaty or negotiations. Facing a development process that included no consultation nor environmental assessment the Algonquin people began working with a broad-based coalition to oppose the project. The government and the exploration company have never provided scientific or scholarly evidence that the uranium project is safe. The community began telling its side of the story and conducting its own research—some of which you are holding in your hands.

Publisher Link: http://arbeiterring.com/featured/dishonour.html



Sherman explains 


Paula Sherman was in the news last year when she and fellow professor Robert Lovelace were arrested for protesting the exploratory drilling for uranium by Frontenac Ventures Corp. near Sharbot Lake in rural eastern Ontario. 
In the first section of her new book, Dishonour of the Crown: The Ontario Resource Regime in the valley of the Kiji Sibi, Sherman describes the events leading up to their arrests as well as the details of the court cases and the Ardoch position that the province handing out drilling permits at all was unconstitutional. 
In this Sherman is able to aptly provide information with which many readers may be unfamiliar. One of the central underlying facts in this story is that the Ontario Mining Act, which, while slated for revision, allows subsurface exploration under both private and public land. 
The story began in late 2006 when Frank and Gloria Morrison discovered their land had been staked. After finding a deaf ear in various departments and levels of government, they turned to the Ardoch community for help. Thus began a partnership in which private landowners and their Omamiwinini neighbours fought together, as they had also done in the 1970s when the province sold important manomin (wild rice) beds to a commercial interest for a pittance, a battle which was eventually won. 
Later sections of the book deal with the potentially harmful effects of not just mining uranium but exploratory drilling, such as escaped carcinogenic radon gas from uncapped drill holes. Sherman also explains the traditional Algonquin responsibility to care for and protect their land and water, a responsibility grounded not just in the practical but the spiritual. 
In her final section Sherman explains ways in which the two are culturally inextricable. The larger question of course, is why Ontario law does not do more to protect our waterways, a finite and precious resource upon which we all depend. 
Sherman's book helps brings such questions to light in a timely fashion, now that the environment is belatedly of increasing concern to ordinary Ontarians. After all, the goal of uranium mining is to provide fuel for reactors, in spite of the fact that the difficulty of safely containing nuclear is waste is well known. 
Sherman's Dishonour of the Crown is an impassioned description of one community's unfinished battle. It is also an important contribution to the ongoing debate about the nuclear component of Ontario's new Green Energy Act and should be read by anyone with an investment in our shared future. 
Ursula Pflug is a freelance reviewer for The Examiner. Her latest book is the story collection After The Fires, currently short-listed for an Aurora Award. 
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Book Facts
Dishonour of the Crown: The Ontario Resource Regime in the Valley of the Kiji Sibi By Paula Sherman 
Foreword by Leanne Simpson Arbeiter Ring Publishing $12.95 88 pp. 
ISBN: 978-1-8904037-36-5







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The Ardoch Algonguin First Nation is an Anishnabek community that is located in the Madawaska, Mississippi and Rideau watersheds.

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