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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, 13, 1973 Tttt LETHMIDGI HIKAID -41 Indians probe 'flood plans' By RICHARD MORGAN North Bay Nugget NORTH BAY, Ont. (CP) For the last six years word of plans being laid to divert Northern Ontario water to the United States have circulated throughout the North. The provincial government has stated that studies on water resources have taken place but maintains nothing definite Has oeen planned. However, various Indian leaders in the area have ex- pressed concern about the matter. In May, 1972, the Union of Ontario Indians asked Harry Achneepineskum of the Ogoki reserve, about 300 miles northeast of Thunder Bay, to prepare a report on every as- pect of the water t Mr. AchneepinesKum, 24, now a second-year student at Trent University, Peterbor- ough, Ont., had been a mem- ber of a committee, formed at a 1971 summer meeting in Wawa which gathered infor- mation on the topic. His review of all the evidence which leads some northerners to suppose there is more being done with their rivers than the govern- ment has not yet been made public. Promise Mr. Achneepineskum did give out about a dozen copies of his reprt to Indian band chiefs attending a meeting in North Bay in February. The chiefs represented 30 Indian reserves with a popula- tion of in an area north of the CNR's transcontinental line extending from Quebec to Manitoba. Natural Resources Minister Leo Bernier of Ontario as- sured Indian leaders at that meeting that Indians will be consulted before there are any government decisions on the building of dams in Northern Ontario. But Mr. Achneepineskum's report advised the leaders to be wary of government state- ments on the controversy. Even the report's title is pessimistic: Progress: At the Cost of Genocide. A Study of Government Flans to Flood the Land of Northern Ontario. The report is a detailed mixture of stated government policy, correspondence, inter- views, exchanges in the legis- lature and speculation. Embarked Concern about Northern On- tario water is traced back to October, 1965, when the fed- eral and provincial govern- ments announced they had agreed to undertake a series of co-ordinated studies of On- tarios northern water re- sources and related economic development. Fears of northerners contin- ued to grow until 1971 when at the meeting in Wawa, a com- later known as the Damn the Dams committee, was formed. It arranged for a flight over the northwestern sections of the province to search for evi- dence that the government had gone beyond the study stage. Mr. Achneepineskum said slashing sites and bore holes were discovered along with other physical evidence of en- gineering tests, geological and hydrologioal studies. The report claims moat of the work is being done on large river systems draining into Hudson and James Bays. These are the Severn, Winisk, Attawapiskat, Albany and Moose river systems. Mr. Achneepineskum said hi the report the politicians and experts are keeping quiet be- cause they have something to hide. The report said the failure of the government to provide information on its studies is no oversight. "It could only be seen as carefully planned plot to flood the lands of the northern na- tive people and destroy their commonly as genocide." FRESH POULTRY Old Dutch 8-oz. net wt. pkgs Scott Decorated 2 roll pkgs. POTATO CHIPS PAPER TOWELS PEANUT BUTTER Toilet Tomato Juice 89" Cherry chocolate. McCain's f Cake pkg. ggp Salad Dressing SQUIRREL 48-oz. net wt. tin Scott family f) .Sll'00 32 fl. oz. jar FROZEN LEMONADE French Fries uenu Frozen net wt. pkg. Canada No. 1 grade Ib. Values Effective Til Closing Saturday, June 16. Minute Maid. Pink or White A 6 fl. oz. We reserve right to limit quantities ;