October 5-11, 2021 : Weekly News Roundup

After mining exploration company Juno did not reply to a proposed agreement, Attawapiskat First Nation is filing an injunction against any mining exploration on their traditional territories. “There are some 16,000 mining claims in the Ring of Fire, many of them in Attawapiskat territory.” This court case could set a precedent for all future extractive industry relationships with Indigenous communities in the region.

Further steps have been taken in moving forward the Marten Falls Community Access Road; an initial proposal has also been created for the Webequie Supply Road.

October 5, 2021 (CBC)

Attawapiskat First Nation seeks court injunction against Ring of Fire exploration

Ontario First Nation claims only consultation from the mining company was a single email in January 2020

“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.” Read more here . . .

October 9, 2021 (Northern Ontario Business)

Environmental assessments start for Far North roads

Terms of reference approved for two First Nation community roads

“The provincial environmental assessment (EA) process is starting for proposed community roads in the area of the Ring of Fire.

Late on Oct. 8, Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister David Piccini announced approval has been given for the terms of reference for the Marten Falls Community Access Road.” Read more here . . .

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