Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

March 2-8, 2021: Weekly News Roundup

A dozen organizations signed-on to a letter that calls for a moratorium on all mineral extraction activities in the Ring of Fire region, including exploration and impact assessments. The letter demands that Indigenous communities have their basic needs met before any mineral negotiations recommence.

Matawa First Nations Management chief executive officer David Paul Achneepineskum affirmed that the communities he represents need to give free, prior, and informed consent before any mining can be permitted in the Ring of Fire Region.

The World Wildlife Fund has partnered with Mushkegowuk Council’s call for a development moratorium to protect peatlands. This is part of a climate change mitigation strategy with the hope of ensuring more areas of peatlands remain within Indigenous stewardship systems.

March 2, 2021 (National Observer)

Groups ask for pause to Ring of Fire work until plans in place for clean water, peatlands

“A coalition of Indigenous and environmental organizations is calling on the Canadian and Ontario governments to impose an “immediate moratorium” on all mineral exploration or impact assessment work related to the Ring of Fire region.” Read more here…

March 2, 2021 (World Wildlife Fund)

Protecting the “breathing lands”

“Northern Ontario’s evocatively named Ring of Fire — upstream of the traditional territory of the seven First Nations forming the Mushkegowuk Council — is a hotbed of mineral deposits. But that’s not all this area is sitting on.

The overlapping Hudson and James Bay Lowlands are pockmarked by peatlands which are an incredibly dense and globally significant carbon storage site containing billions and billions of tonnes.” Read more here…

March 7, 2021 (The Chronicle Journal)

Collaboration required for mining region

“Mineral wealth in the Ring of Fire may well become a central part of Ontario’s economic recovery in the post COVID-19 pandemic era, but it can only be developed in partnership with First Nations that reside there, says Matawa First Nations.” Read more here…

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