Chiefs of the Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, and Neskantaga First Nations issued a statement challenging the Ford government’s intent to go forward with Ring of Fire extraction “no matter what.” They call-out the colonial nature of Ford’s statements, and demand that this stop. Mr. Ford’s actions are “the very essence of the industrialism that has led us into a countdown toward permanent and catastrophic climate change from which we many never recover,” they wrote.
Meanwhile, the bidding war between mining companies over the region’s minerals has been extended for another month as companies try to claim the region’s minerals for their own. Some industry officials estimate that nickel production would need to increase by almost 4x current extraction rates in order to meet expected demand for electric vehicles. This is resulting in a gold-rush-like
November 30, 2021 (Northern Ontario Business)
Three James Bay chiefs jump on premier over Ring of Fire remarks
Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Neskantaga chiefs said mining should not come at expense of destroying Far North peatlands
“Three First Nation chiefs from the James Bay region are collectively taking Premier Doug Ford to task for his ‘hop-on-the-bulldozer, myself’ enthusiasm to see industrial development in the Ring of Fire.
With the Ford government eager to show progress on the Ring of Fire prior to next June’s election, the leaders of Neskantaga, Attawapiskat and Fort Albany trotted out the bulldozer line from Ford’s 2018 campaign after the premier was recently hyping the Far North mineral belt earlier this month.” Read more…
November 30, 2021 (My Bancroft Now)
Letter from First Nations Chiefs calls on Premier to stop pushing Ring of Fire development without proper information
“Three Chiefs of northern Ontario First Nations are calling on Premier Doug Ford to check his behaviour when it comes to the Ring of Fire. In a letter to the province, the Chiefs of the Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, and Neskantaga First Nations say the language that Ford has used suggests the mining development is going ahead no matter what, which is out of touch with reality.” Read more here . . .
December 1, 2021 (Raven)
A searing open letter: Anishinaabe leaders call out Ontario over Ring of Fire violations
“This message, co-written by three prominent Anishinaabe chiefs, has all the fire appropriate to the injustice faced by these northern Ontario First Nations. It is satisfying to picture it landing with heat and fury on the desk of Premier Doug Ford and his cronies.
The open letter was referenced by Northern Ontario Business, in an article that began, “three First Nation chiefs from the James Bay region are collectively taking Premier Doug Ford to task for his ‘hop-on-the-bulldozer, myself’ enthusiasm to see industrial development in the Ring of Fire.” Read more here . . .
December 3, 2021 (mining.com)
LBHP extends Noront bid deadline again amid Wyloo talks
“BHP (ASX, LON, NYSE: BHP) has once again extended the deadline for Noront Resources’ (TSX-V: NOT) investors to accept or refuse its bid from December 14 to January 14, 2022, as talks with rival Wyloo Metals regarding the imminent takeover of the Canadian miner progress….
The mine’s start date has repeatedly been pushed back by Noront due to successive federal and provincial governments’ inability to consult and reach a unanimous agreement with First Nations in the area. ” Read more here . . .
December 3, 2021 (Globe and Mail)
In Northern Ontario, governments engage in a two-faced climate change response
“As land defenders work to prevent a pipeline from ripping through Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia, cast your eyes to Northern Ontario, where First Nations are also trying to push back against colonial governments looking to plunder the land.” Read more here . . .
December 4, 2021 (APTN)
In Northern Ontario, governments engage in a two-faced climate change Neskantaga First Nation sues Ontario for failing to consult on Ring of Fire development
Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Neskantaga chiefs said mining should not come at expense of destroying FN says no consultation on mining massive mineral deposit in the James Bay lowlands
“Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario has launched a lawsuit against the province for what it calls a failure to consult them on mineral mining on their land.
The community which is located about 430 km northeast of Thunder Bay, sits in an area that has been dubbed the “Ring of Fire” – a 5,000-square-kilometre swath of land west of James Bay that holds the largest deposits of chromite, nickel, copper and platinum in the country.” Read more here . . .
December 5, 2021 (Toronto Star)
Neskantaga takes issue with lack of consultation
“Conflicts between remote First Nations and mining interests in the potentially lucrative Ring of Fire mineral belt will persist unless the province takes steps to clarify requirements to consult with Indigenous groups, advocates say.” Read more here . . .