1.11.23 - “A PC Government will, finally, open up the incredible resources of our North by cutting through the special interest and bureaucratic delays blocking us from developing the Ring of Fire”
The government has reached new agreements with Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations on the road needed to build the Ring of Fire. However, the government continues to face opposition to the project from members of Neskantaga and Attawapiskat First Nations. As a result, little progress has been made on its development. The promise is partially kept.
“Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford made a stop at Rector Machine Works in Sault Ste. Marie this morning to announce several road-building and infrastructure projects in Northern Ontario. Local MPP Ross Romano and several Rector Machine Works representatives were in attendance to welcome Ford’s announcement. ‘In 2021 alone, we put 641 million dollars into expanding and repairing northern highways,’ he says. ‘These are desperately needed investments that will mean better roads and almost 4500 jobs here in the north.’ Ford also announced his intentions to build a road to the Ring of Fire, a campaign promise made in 2018, and again this morning.”
The government has reached new agreements with Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations on the road needed to build the Ring of Fire. However, the government continues to face opposition to the project from members of Neskantaga and Attawapiskat First Nations. As a result, little progress has been made on its development. The promise remains in progress.
“Premier Doug Ford and Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, joined Chief Bruce Achneepineskum of Marten Falls First Nation and Chief Cornelius Wabasse of Webequie First Nation to celebrate a historic milestone to unlocking jobs and economic opportunities in the Ring of Fire region. Today, Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations announced they will be submitting a Terms of Reference for the proposed Northern Road Link Environmental Assessment. This proposed road is the final piece of critical road infrastructure needed to ensure reliable, all season road access to potential mining sites in the Ring of Fire and connect both First Nations communities to Ontario’s highway network.”
“A court hearing this week sparked by Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario could have big implications for the development of the Ring of Fire. The First Nation says it wasn’t properly consulted about exploration by mining company Juno in its traditional territory and is seeking an injunction.”
“Premier Doug Ford and Kenora MP Greg Rickford, the minister of energy, mines, northern development and Indigenous affairs signed an agreement Monday with Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations to move forward with a north-south road to the Ring of Fire. […] But not everyone is happy with the announcement. Members of Neskantaga First Nation will fight the development, Chief Chris Moonias told CBC.”
“The nine Matawa-member First Nations and the Province of Ontario signed a framework agreement today to move forward with a negotiation process on a community-based regional approach to development in the Ring of Fire.”