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Concern about the Northern Link into the Ring of Fire

By Tim Davidson Mar 9, 2023 | 2:04 PM

The provincial government is being asked to make sure there are consultations with First Nations before any development can take place.

Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa says that includes the northern road to the Ring of Fire.

“What is the government doing to uphold the law, follow it’s Treaty 9 obligation, and obtain consent of all First Nations, about the northern road link,” Mamakwa asked in Question Period at Queen’s Park Thursday morning.

He was referencing comments from the chief of Neskantaga First Nation that he and others are willing to die to prevent development in the Ring of Fire.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford says the road doesn’t just provide a permanent link but provides improved services to First Nation communities along the route.

“The Corridor to Prosperity is an opportunity for all Indigenous communities in that area to unleash new health, social and economic benefits.  Bring in better forms of energy, stronger broadband, better critical infrastructure. This is a massive northern development opportunity.”

Mines minister George Pirie adds there is no compromise with the Indigenous duty to consult and no compromise with Ontario’s environmental standards.


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