Sudbury, Ontario November 18, 2013. Northern Superior Resources Inc. (NSR) (TSXV: SUP) CEO Thomas Morris today issued an Open Letter to stakeholders elaborating on the legal action against the Government of Ontario. NSR recently filed a statement of claim against the Ontario Government for $110 million in damages, as a result of circumstances leading to its inability to access its Thorne Lake, Meston Lake, and Rapson Bay gold properties in northwestern Ontario.
Thomas Morris, President and CEO of the Company comments: “Our relationships with many First Nations in other areas of Ontario and Quebec have been terrific, and we have always enjoyed building and developing these and other relationships. Had the Government of Ontario fulfilled its constitutional duty to consult with the local First Nation before NSR was evicted and exploration moratoriums and exclusion zones suddenly imposed, the situation that NSR finds itself in would never have come to pass.”
The Company respects the inherent right of First Nations to decide whether to allow exploration in their traditional territory, but points to the failure of the Ontario Government to ensure NSR would be able to exercise its rights to the mining claims obtained under the Mining Act. Ontario did not consult with any area First Nations and compounded their failure to consult by arbitrarily creating a mining exclusion zone approximately four times the size of Prince Edward Island (approximately 23,000 km2) adjacent to NSR’s claims. Subsequently, two other First Nations in the area asserted overlapping traditional interests in the area of NSR’s claims and have indicated under no uncertain terms that the area is subject to a moratorium on exploration and mining of any kind.
After repeatedly attempting to resolve the matter with the Government of Ontario, NSR was left with no option but to commence legal action to protect its investment and the interests of its shareholders and stakeholders.
To date, the Government of Ontario’s response(s) relating to the matter have been incomplete and oversimplified in many ways, and have not addressed the key elements of NSR’s position. The Government of Ontario has reiterated statements on several occasions related to their commitment to explore “other options” to resolve the matter. However, to date, the only option that the Government of Ontario has presented to NSR is facilitated mediation between NSR and the local First Nation. This position clearly demonstrates the Government of Ontario’s complete lack of an understanding of the situation. The Government of Ontario has done nothing to address the moratorium on exploration asserted over NSR’s claims by two other First Nations, nor has it taken any responsibility for arbitrarily imposing an exploration and mining exclusion zone directly adjacent to NSR’s claims.
Despite this ongoing legal issue, NSR remains committed to its strong relationships with First Nations in the areas of NSR’s other claims in Ontario and Quebec, and looks forward mutual collaboration as exploration continues.
The letter is currently available on NSR’s website under the “Claim” tab at: www.nsuperior.com
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 has over $5.5 million cash in the bank and 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 Québec.
Northern Superior is a reporting issuer in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SUP.
For further information contact: Thomas F. Morris PGeo., PhD., FGAC
President and CEO
Tel: (705) 525 -0992
Fax: (705) 525 -7701
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