Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

August 25-31, 2020 : Weekly News Roundup

One article in Northern Ontario Business this week outlined the concerns about Bill 197 expressed by the Matawa Chiefs Council. In a recent statement, the Matawa chiefs accused the Ontario government of using COVID-19 as a ‘smokescreen’ to move forward on resource development projects without respect for treaty rights and the duty to consult.

August 29, 2020 (Northern Ontario Business):

Matawa chiefs accuse Queen’s Park of Far North land grab

New environmental assessment legislation opens door for resources development without regional consent, say First Nations leaders

“The chiefs of a northwestern Ontario tribal council accuse the Ontario government of using COVID-19 as “smokescreen” to weaken provincial environment laws, ignore treaty rights, and “unlawfully access the wealth of the North” without regional consent.

The Matawa Chiefs Council are rejecting changes being made to the provincial environmental assessment act, calling it a tactic for resource companies “to take up the land” while dodging the duty to consult. 

“We all know that when Ontario and Canada made Treaty their goal was simple; to get our people off the land to make way for mining, forestry, dams and other so-called developments,” said Chief Chris Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation in a statement released by the Matawa Chiefs Council on Aug.28 statement.” Read more here…

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