Wahgoshig First Nation vs Solid Gold Resources – Court Battle Continues

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sccTHUNDER BAY – Mining Now – Solid Gold Resources Corp. (“Solid Gold”) (TSXV: SLD) reports that it has served Notice of Claim against Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario. The company has served a notice of claim against Ontario. Under the Proceedings Against the Crown Act a formal Statement of Claim cannot be issued until a 60-day hold period has expired. Solid Gold will allege that Ontario is liable for losses suffered by the company.

The company had been engaged in a mineral exploration on the Wahgoshig First Nation’s traditional lands. The First Nation sought court action, and has received an injunction that halts all drilling and exploration. On January 7th, 2012, The Ontario Superior Court ordered a 120 day halt in their exploration efforts. The judgement states that “The duty to consult and accommodate, which is at the heart of this injunction motion resides in the honour of the Crown. While the Crown may delegate operational aspects of the duty to third parties, such as Solid Gold, the Crown bears the ultimate legal responsibility to ensure the duty is furfilled”.

Solid Gold reported earlier today it has successfully obtained an Order from the Mining and Lands Commissioner of the Province of Ontario that, effective November 16, 2011, Solid Gold’s mining claims at Lake Abitibi will remain in good standing as long as the proceeding with the First Nations is ongoing.

“When the proceeding has been determined Solid Gold will make application with the Mining and Lands Commissioner, pursuant to the Mining Act (Ontario), for an Order to extend the time required to complete assessment work on the mining claims”, stated Darryl Stretch, Chief Executive Officer of Solid Gold.

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