Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

January 11-17, 2022: Weekly News Roundup

No news hit the mainstream media this past week, but there were two analysis pieces published, exploring the increasing resistance to development in the Ring of Fire.

The first article was published in Timmins Today and then later in the Toronto Star. It focused on some of the background behind the petition that we launched inviting Treaty 9 peoples to have a say in the current Regional Assessment around the Ring of Fire. If you’re interested in signing the petition, see more information here.

The second piece is more geared to people connected to the financial industry, and gives an overview of the ‘confusing, convoluted mess’ that Wyloo Metals has inherited after acquiring Noront Resources. While we reject the (very typical finance sector) framing of Indigenous opposition as a mere ‘uncertainty’ to be overcome, we do agree with one thing: Wyloo Metals should expect widespread resistance.

January 14, 2022 (Timmins Today):

Petition opposes Ring of Fire, regional assessment in the area

Government holding virtual engagement sessions next week

“A grassroots group has launched a petition in support of Treaty 9 people. The Friends of the Attawapiskat River petition opposes the proposed Ring of Fire development and a regional assessment in the area. It demands an Indigenous-led process and says it’s standing up to Canada to protect people’s inherent and treaty rights, lands and waters.

It is encouraging Treaty 9 people to have a say in the environmental assessment and show support by signing the petition. It will be sent to Canada and Ontario as part of the ongoing consultation process. Mike Koostachin, who was born and raised in Attawapiskat and is with the Friends of the Attawapiskat River (FAR), said he’s concerned the development will have negative impacts on the environment and health of the land, waters and Indigenous communities.” Read more here…

January 14, 2022 (Financial Post):

‘Confusing, convoluted mess’: Ring of Fire set for speedy development under new owner, but challenges loom

Wyloo plans to build nickel mine in next five years, stoking renewed debate about reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

“In the last days of December, Australia’s Wyloo Metals Ltd. offered $617 million in cash to buy Noront Resources Ltd., ending a bidding war with fellow Australian mining giant BHP Group, and emerging as the presumptive new owner of the collection of mineral claims in Ontario’s James Bay Lowlands known as the Ring of Fire. The deal, expected to close in the next few months, leads to at least one major question: What happens next in the Ring of Fire?” Read more here…

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