|By Marketwired .||
|April 17, 2014 07:39 PM EDT||
SUDBURY, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/17/14 -- Northern Superior Resources Inc. ("Northern Superior" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: SUP) received on April 15, 2014 the Government of Ontario's ("Ontario") revised Statement of Defence in response to the Company's $110 million lawsuit against Ontario for failure to consult with First Nations.
Ontario's revised response acknowledges that beyond sending a standard form letter identifying Sachigo Lake First Nation ("SLFN") among others as an Aboriginal community to be contacted, Ontario did not undertake any consultation nor did it assist Northern Superior in engaging with the community or in assessing the impact of the Company's activities until after Northern Superior had been evicted from the area by SLFN and other First Nations. Ontario also acknowledges that Northern Superior did all it could reasonably do to meaningfully engage with SLFN.
Ontario's "Fresh as Amended Statement of Defence" once again makes the same arguments heard previously from them and fails to address several key items of the Company's lawsuit. Northern Superior is confident it can overcome these arguments as it believes they have no support in the law and are based on incorrect facts.
The position of Ontario is that the Company has no right to complain when the government does nothing to discharge its constitutional obligation to consult with Aboriginal communities, despite repeated and clear direction from the courts to the contrary, and the Company is left to fend for itself at its own expense, particularly when issues arise with First Nations whether justified or not.
Ontario's position in the lawsuit also reaffirms that in Ontario, exploration and mining companies who retreat from areas from which they have been evicted by Aboriginal communities and ensure that the rule of law is upheld will be left to their own devices, while companies who in similar situations risk or bring about civil disobedience and escalate matters, will be compensated through a government buy-out of their mineral claims.
Ontario's revised response to the lawsuit further clouds the waters surrounding the reason for the creation in 2012, of the 23,000 sq. km mining Exclusion Zone in the area of Northern Superior's mineral claims. It also starkly highlights the risk for mineral exploration companies from action of this sort which Ontario says it can take without any regard to the impact on companies conducting exploration nearby.
Northern Superior will be delivering a formal reply to Ontario's defence shortly and looks forward to seeing Ontario's evidence and documentary support.
About Northern Superior Resources Inc:
Northern Superior is a junior exploration company exploring for gold in the Superior Province of the Canadian Shield. The Company is currently focused on exploring its Croteau Est property in Quebec. The Company has a number of 100% owned properties (see company web site, www.nsuperior.com) in the Stull-Wunnumin and Chibougamau gold districts of Ontario and Quebec.
Northern Superior is a reporting issuer in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SUP.
Forward looking statements: This news release includes certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act or 1995 (collectively, "forward looking statements"). Forward looking statements include predictions, projections and forecasts and are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "forecast", " expect", " potential", "project", "target", "schedule", "budget" and "intend" and statements that an event or result "may", "will", "should", "could" or "might" occur or be achieved or other similar expressions and includes the negatives thereof. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization, exploration results, interpretation of results, the timing and success of exploration activities generally, the timing and results of future resource estimates, and future plans and objectives of Northern Superior are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Northern Superior's expectations include exploration risks, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, results of future resources estimates, future metal prices, availability of capital and financing on acceptable terms, general economic, market or business conditions, uninsured risks, regulatory changes, defects in title, availability of personnel, materials and equipment on a timely basis, accidents or equipment breakdowns, delays in receiving government approvals, unanticipated environmental impacts on operations and costs to remedy same, and other exploration or other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ from those described in forward looking statements, there may be other factors that cause such actions, events or results to differ materially from those anticipated. There can be no assurance that forward looking statements will prove to be accurate and accordingly readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements.
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