Recently, the CBC visited Neskantaga First Nation for a paddle along the Attawapiskat River. After his trip up north, reporter Logan Turner wrote a beautiful piece of long-form investigative journalism showing what’s at stake in the communities resisting the Ring of Fire, what they are fighting for, and the different perspectives at play. This piece was particularly impactful in illustrating the importance of (now-endangered) sturgeon to Neskantaga First Nation, as well as this community’s growing sturgeon stewardship program. CBC also released a short video piece featuring the same journalist on his trip along the Attawapiskat River. You can see both pieces below!
September 12th, 2022 (CBC)
Life on the line: Facing down governments and industry, this First Nation makes a promise: There’ll be no development in the Ring of Fire without its consent
“Clayton John Moonias reaches through a heavy morning fog to grab the net he set days earlier.
As he lifts the line out of the water, Moonias flashes a knowing look to his son Landon, who’s seated up front, and pulls in the first of nearly a dozen Lake Sturgeon he’ll harvest that morning.
His family has fished these waters along the Attawapiskat River in remote northern Ontario for generations. For him and others from Neskantaga First Nation, the sturgeon are a way of life.
“Sturgeon is a very important food source. It’s an important part of who we are as a nation,” Neskantaga’s chief, Wayne Moonias, says as he watches Clayton John slip another fish into a tarp on the floor of the cedar canoe.
“This is what we’re fighting for,” Moonias says.” Read more here…
September 12th, 2022 (CBC):
CBC’s Logan Turner lays out the stakes for Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario’s Ring of Fire
“Neskantaga First Nation in northwestern Ontario has been one of the most vocal opponents of development on its traditional territory in the Ring of Fire region. CBC’s Logan Turner was invited into the community and lays out the stakes as he travels with community members on the Attawapiskat River.” Watch the video here…