Highlights from this week include the signing of a joint statement between Noront Resources and Marten Falls First Nation following the Ontario government’s August announcement to begin to work bilaterally with First Nations communities. You can find brief updates on Marten Fall’s environmental assessment for the north-south corridor all season road, an in-depth biographical account of Chief Harvey Yesno, including some insight into his position regarding the Ring of Fire, and a warning from retired engineer Tim Price on the dangers of locating a smelter facility in Sault Ste Marie. Sudbury had recently sent a group of representatives from the area, including Sudbury’s mayor, a city council member, and the chief of Wahnapitae First Nation to Tornio, Finland, to tour a ferrochrome plant. However, Sudbury residents were unconvinced by the alleged benefits of having a smelter in their community and staged protests against the construction.
September 11, 2019 (The Northern Miner):
Ontario to work with First Nations to unlock Ring of Fire
“Ontario is one step closer to making the Ring of Fire a reality. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, announced in August that the province would work directly with First Nation communities…” Read more here (note that people without a Northern Miner subscription can only read one article per week).
September 12, 2019 (Northern Ontario Business):
First Nations need to take the lead on Far North development
Eabametoong chief regards ‘nation building’ as key to developing local economies
“Harvey Yesno wants Eabametoong to take the initiative when it comes to development in their traditional territory instead of constantly reacting to it. The respected former grand chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) was elected chief of the remote Far North community in mid-June, succeeding Elizabeth Atlookan. “What has happened in our region is we’ve just been responding to what’s going on, whether it’s one permit and one explorer, or the Ring of Fire,” said Yesno. “I’d like to be in a position where we are engaging.” Read more here…
September 13, 2019 (Sault Online):
Ferrochrome plant – how it works in Finland : Letter to the Editor
“The proposed Noront ferrochrome production plant will produce thousands of tons of toxic waste contaminated with hexavalent chromium (chromium 6) which is a known genotoxic carcinogen. Inhalation of ferrochrome furnace dust increases the risk of squamous cell cancer of the lung and ingestion of contaminated water is associated with cancers of the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract. Chromium 6 can also cause ulcerations of the stomach and bowel, damage to the nasal epithelium and skin and toxicity to the liver.” Read more here…