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Chippewas of Thames First Nation Request Landfill Halt for Consultation

The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation say the province has not conferred with them regarding the Walker Landfill.

OXFORD COUNTY - It appears the province has not met their obligations when it comes to consulting aboriginal groups regarding the proposed Walker Landfill.

The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation say the proposed site of the landfill is on their land claim settlement lands allocated to them in the Big Bear Creek land claim settlement agreement, and the CTFN say they were not consulted by the province. Several weeks ago Chippewas Chief R.K. Joe Miskokomon met with Oxford County staff, including Warden David Mayberry, to discuss the issue.

Mayberry said Council endorsed the CFTN claim that the Province has not performed their due diligence when it comes to consulting aboriginal groups. Both Oxford County Council and the CTFN are requesting a moratorium be placed on the landfill. County Council does not have the ability to place a moratorium on the landfill. 

"Council has decided that they would like me to write a letter in support of that and say that we agree with the position of the First Nations that they do have the right to be conferred with first, and that the process should be put on hold or stopped until that process," said Mayberry.

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