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January 25 – 31 : Weekly News Round-up

Friends of the Attawapiskat River have launched a letter calling on government to uphold the inherent Indigenous rights of Treaty 9 members. Indigenous people who would be impacted by mining in the region must be able to participate in the environmental assessment and must be able to oppose extraction from their homelands.

Canada and Ontario cannot lead a major impact assessment process in an area exclusively occupied by Indigenous Peoples without centring Indigenous partners in the governance of the process.

January 28, 2022 (Timmins Today):

Letter campaign aims to protect Indigenous rights, stop potential Ring of Fire development

“An Indigenous-led grassroots group has launched a letter-writing campaign calling on Canada and Ontario to restart the regional assessment process in the Ring of Fire area and allow Indigenous peoples to lead the process.” Read More here . . .

January 28, 2022 (CBC):

First Nations leaders demand equal partnership in Ottawa’s ‘broken’ regional assessment for Ring of Fire

“Canada’s environment and climate change minister is under renewed pressure from a group of First Nation leaders in Treaty 9 to “start afresh” with the draft terms of reference for a regional impact assessment into the mineral-rich Ring of Fire.

Development interest is heating up in the remote area located more than 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, with an Australian mining giant recently purchasing the majority of mining claims in the area and the Ontario government pushing ahead with plans to develop all-season road infrastructure in hopes of positioning the province as a future electric vehicle manufacturing hub.” Read more here . . .

January 26, 2022 (The Conversation)

Canada’s environment minister is headed for trouble if Ottawa doesn’t correct course on the Ring of Fire

“In the vast peatlands of Ontario’s James Bay Lowlands, a new region-wide approach to considering the potential impacts of northern mining development is dangerously close to sliding completely off the rails. And it may take Canada’s new “activist” Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault with it..” Read more here…

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