Increased activity at the Esker camp, along with increased investment by Wyloo Metals to make the camp operable year round, raises questions about whether development is moving ahead without first nation consultation.
This situation is compounded by information discovered by The Narwhal in a briefing note to National Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, that earmarks the Ring of Fire as the only candidate mentioned for consideration in a $1.5 billion 2022 federal budget item to develop infrastructure.
Furthermore, a recent statement by Deputy Primer Minister Chrystia Freeland that “Canada must ‘fast-track’ energy and mining projects” has Indigenous leaders, such as Neskantaga First Nation Chief Wayne Moonias concerned that decisions to move ahead with projects in the region are being made behind closed doors.
October 24, 2022 (Northern Ontario Business):
The Drift: 15 years after Ring of Fire discovery, mining timeline no clearer
Ring of Fire Metals prepares for big exploration push as critical minerals supply crunch looms
“There’s new ownership, new branding and a new name for the former Noront Resources in the Ring of Fire. But the path to start mining in Ontario’s Far North doesn’t look to be getting any shorter.
After being shuttered for more than a year, field exploration activity is picking up again at the remote Esker camp of Ring of Fire Metals, the new name on the marquee as chosen by Wyloo Metals of Australia following its acquisition of Noront last April.” Read more here…
October 25, 2022 (The Narwhal):
Federal government moving closer to funding Ring of Fire mining roads: document
An internal briefing document obtained by The Narwhal shows that Ottawa has flagged Ring of Fire development as a possible ‘priority.’ Without Indigenous consent, it’s unclear what will happen next
“The federal government has quietly marked the Ring of Fire region of northern Ontario as a potential “priority” mineral deposit, signaling it may be willing to provide funding for efforts to mine there.
The move, mentioned in a May 2022 internal briefing document obtained by The Narwhal through an access to information request, is a significant step for Ottawa. Since 2019, the Doug Ford government has been pushing the federal government to help fund to its effort to build roads needed for mining — the Ring of Fire is currently only accessible by air or ice road in the winter.” Read more here…