Province starts over on Ring of Fire consultation process – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – August 17, 2019)

Ford government finally ditches 2014 Regional Framework Agreement with Matawa First Nations

The Ford government is taking a “fresh start” with area First Nations toward building a road to the Ring of Fire.

With no results to show from the previous government’s attempt at a regional dialogue on how to do mine development in the Far North, the Ford government is scrapping the Regional Framework Agreement (RFA), started five years ago, and is reaching out to the communities for a new approach.

Greg Rickford, minister for Indigenous affairs, energy, Northern development and mines, made the announcement on Aug. 27 in Sault Ste. Marie at Algoma Steel, the future site of Noront Resources ferrochrome processing plant, which will process chromite ore from the Ring of Fire.

“We are taking a fresh start,” said Rickford in correspondence, obtained by Northern Ontario Business, to each of the nine community leaders in the Matawa First Nation tribal council.

“This new approach will help address the unique interests of individual First Nation communities and opportunities to support development of a road to the Ring of Fire.”

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