Weekly News Roundup

March 28 – April 4 2023: Weekly News Round-up

This week’s news highlighted the First Nations Land Defence Alliance travelling to Ottawa to advocate for the right to free, prior and informed consent when it comes to proposed mining projects on First Nations land.

March 27, 2023 (Kenora Online):

Bethlenfalvy wants Ring of Fire support in federal budget

“The Trudeau government brings down its budget tomorrow. Ontario’s Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has his wishlist read. He wants to see a commitment to supporting the development of the Ring of Fire.” Read more here…

March 28, 2023 (Northern Ontario Business):

Northwest MPP to ‘stare down’ premier over Mining Act changes

“Conflict, not prosperity” will result from government’s mining agenda, say protesting Indigenous communities

“Five northwestern and Far North Ontario First Nations are pushing back against the pace of change in the mining industry.” Read more here…

March 29, 2023 (APTN):

First Nations’ leaders disrupt Ontario legislature in Ring of Fire protest

“Cries of opposition to developing the ‘Ring of Fire’ rained down on provincial politicians in Toronto on Wednesday. They came from five First Nations in northern Ontario. “No Ring of Fire,” shouts Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias in a video posted to Twitter. The visitor’s gallery then erupted with applause as MPPs went about their business below.” Read and watch more here…

Mar 29, 2023 (CBC Thunder Bay):

First Nations leaders walk out of Queen’s Park after heated exchange over mining proposals

First Nations alliance won’t allow mining without first giving free, prior, informed consent

“Leaders of five First Nations who are pushing for their voices to be heard when it comes to proposed mining projects walked out of the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday after a heated exchange.” Read more here…

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