A First Nation community is breaking new ground is leading the environmental assessment and consultation process on a proposed short supply road to the Ring of Fire.
Webequie First Nation, the closest fly-in community to the James Bay mineral belt, is hosting a series of public information sessions in Thunder Bay this week to share information with the public about the road project and to gather feedback.
It’s part of the early stages of a larger environmental assessment (EA) process that’s underway for a planned 107-kilometre all-season road between the Webequie Airport and the area around McFaulds Lake, better known as the Ring of Fire, 535 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.
The road would facilitate the movement of materials, supplies and people into the exploration and future mining camp. All the public comments received will be incorporated into the terms of reference – or guidelines – by which the EA process will be carried out.
“This is the first environmental assessment in Ontario to be led and driven by a First Nation under the new Federal Impact Assessment Act,” said Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse in a news release.
Beginning on the afternoon and evening of Oct.9, his Webequie project team will explain the EA process and the draft terms of reference, which includes details about the project’s framework, work plan, and outlines the studies conducted, consultation activities, and a review of the potential environmental effects.