Tuesday, June 24, 2008

First Nations will fight uranium mining

First Nations will fight uranium mining

Meanwhile, the wealth of generations is being pumped out, dug up, paved
over and redesigned without so much as a thank you to the peoples who first
occupied these territories.

Of particular concern to the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet peoples is the new
scourge of uranium mining.

If uranium mining takes place it will take place in our backyards, near our
farms and villages, close to our rivers.

The First Nations will not allow their natural heritage to be poisoned by
this ill-conceived effort.

Does anyone believe that the First Nations would meekly stand by and allow
others to destroy our bond with the land when we, ourselves, are prohibited
from doing so by the very nature of our ancient title? Uranium mining is
clearly the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet "line in the sand."

We will do whatever else is necessary to prevent this harmful exploitation.

If you live downwind from proposed uranium mines, you might want to pay a
little attention to what's happened to Navajos in the United States living
on a 26,000 square mile reservation that spans the Four Corners region
where Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado meet.

For three generations now, they have been breathing uranium-laden dust from
mine tailings and drinking from wells tainted with minute traces of
radioactive mining waste. From 1946 into the late 1970s, more than 40
million tons of uranium ore was mined near Navajo communities.

More than a thousand mines were abandoned on the reservation. For every
four pounds of uranium extracted, 996 pounds of radioactive refuse was left
behind in waste pits and piles swept by the wind and leached into local
drinking water.

In addition to the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Navajo miners who
sickened and died of cancer and respiratory illnesses -- it's hard to say
just how many, since nobody in power bothered to keep track --
epidemiological studies reveal a terrible ongoing toll. Navajo children
living near the mines and mills suffered five times the rate of bone cancer
and 15 times the rate of testicular and ovarian cancers as other Americans.
Exposure to uranium has also been linked to kidney damage and birth defects.

Recent research indicates that, in addition to being toxic and radioactive,
uranium is also an endocrine disruptor and can have a devastating effect on
health -- even when only scant traces are present in the air we breathe or
the water we drink.

Approve of uranium mining at the certain risk of your health and those of

Grand Digue

The Expropriation is a health risk for sure ? when they take your work a way

make you fight for your Right? then after 12 years you find out you have no right ?

Stay tuned.

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