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Keynote Speech by former NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno (December 4, 2014)

Harvey Yesno was just elected the new Chief of Eabametoong First Nation on June 17, 2019. Eabametoong is the largest isolated community in the Ring of Fire with an on-reserve population of roughly 1,500 people.

This speech was written for the 8th Annual Aboriginal Energy Forum – December 4, 2014. While a bit dated, many of the issues are still relevant today and it gives a terrific overview of the many challenges First Nations face in the isolated region of Northwestern Ontario. – Stan Sudol

Good afternoon.

First of all, thank you for inviting me to speak at this 8th Annual Aboriginal Energy Forum. I want to acknowledge the traditional territory of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Chiefs, Elders and participants. I also want to thank the conference organizers for inviting me to speak to you.

Today we come together in a forum where we can share and learn from each other. It is an opportunity for everyone here to broaden their understanding of energy issues affecting all of us, make connections and share valuable information.

It is my belief, that in order for any one of our First Nations to succeed in achieving the maximum benefits from energy development, we will need to share our knowledge and our experience with each other. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Noront Resources and Aroland First Nation Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Alan Coutts, President and CEO of Noront and Chief Dorothy Towedo of Aroland First Nation

Alan Coutts, President and CEO of Noront Resources and Chief Dorothy Towedo of Aroland First Nation (Photo by Stan Sudol – RepublicOfMining.com

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TORONTO, June 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront” or the “Company”) (TSX Venture: NOT) and Aroland First Nation are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties to advance the planning process for the development of the Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper-platinum-palladium deposit in the Ring of Fire.

The signing of the MOU will formalize the relationship between the parties including the establishment of an ongoing working and communication protocol and the initiation of dialogue regarding mutually beneficial economic development opportunities. The MOU will also result in Aroland becoming a shareholder of Noront with the issuance of 150,000 shares in the Company to the First Nation, subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.

Noront recognizes the traditional lands of Aroland First Nation located at the south end of the proposed North-South all-season road to the region where the road infrastructure will connect with established railroads. Continue Reading →

‘I’m speaking for marginalized people’: First Nations NDP MPP on his role and relationship with Doug Ford – by Laura Stone (Globe and Mail – June 5, 2019)

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When Sol Mamakwa rises to speak in the Ontario Legislature, the heckling stops. The first-term New Democrat from the Northern Ontario riding of Kiiwetinoong, which is two-thirds Indigenous, has an innate ability to capture the attention of the usually raucous room.

And that includes Premier Doug Ford. Mr. Mamakwa recently approached Mr. Ford after Question Period to ask the Premier to meet with three First Nations chiefs visiting from Northern Ontario. To his surprise, Mr. Ford agreed.

“He said, ‘Bring them to my office after Question Period.’ So we did that,” Mr. Mamakwa said. “They haven’t had that opportunity since this government came into power.” Continue Reading →

[Ontario/Ring of Fire/First Nations/North/Peat Lands/Climate Change] Open For Business – by Kenyon Wallace (Toronto Star – May 27, 2019)

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ON NEW YEAR’S EVE IN 2015, Sam Hunter set out to go camping near his home on Weenusk First Nation, about 35 kilometres south of Hudson Bay in Ontario’s Far North.

After spending a night in the bush, Hunter, who has lived on this land for most of his 53 years, went to look for dry wood. As he drove across what appeared to be a frozen river, the surface suddenly gave way and his Yamaha Bravo snowmobile plunged through the ice. Hunter was thrown through the windshield and barely avoided falling into the rushing water below. A sleigh attached to the back of the snowmobile was the only thing that prevented it from fully sinking into the water.

As he tried to wrench his machine free, Hunter found that he was standing on ice suspended several feet above the fast-rushing river. Hunter says it was as if the ice was “hanging on air.” Continue Reading →

The Northern Miner Podcast – episode 139: Indigenous People as ‘Resource Rulers’ in Canada ft Bill Gallagher – part 2 (May 21, 2019)

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This episode wraps up our two-part conversation with strategist, lawyer and author Bill Gallagher on the topic of Canada’s Indigenous People and their land rights, and how that affects resource development in the country.

Based in Waterloo, Ont., Bill is the author of two popular books on the topic: the recently published “Resource Reckoning: a Strategist’s Guide from A to Z” and the 2012 milestone “Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources.”

To buy the books and for more information, visit www.billgallagher.ca and find him on Twitter at @ResourceRulers. Continue Reading →

Ring of Fire bungling jeopardizes Green prosperity for North – by Steve May (Sudbury Star – May 18, 2019)

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Buried beneath the feet of Northern Ontarians are the materials that will drive the green economy. Nickel, copper, cobalt and lithium are needed in abundance for batteries that will store electric energy.

The world is already shifting from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas in an effort to minimize the very worst effects of climate change. Northern Ontario, with our abundant mineral resources, is strategically positioned to be a global leader in the clean economy.

Leadership requires commitment – and that’s always been a problem for Northern Ontario, a vast but sparsely populated region that is far too often treated as a resource colony by governments and investors located in southern Ontario. Our region’s mineral wealth is far too often seen as resources ripe for exploitation, rather than as the building blocks for our own prosperity. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Chamber concerned Bill C-69 could impact ferrochrome facillity – by Staff (Soo Today – May 16, 2019)

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Today, Dave McHattie, vice president, Institutional Relations, Canada of Tenaris; Dennis Darby, CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; and Ashley Challinor, vice president of policy of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce came together for a press conference to call for changes on Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act.

They are concerned Bill C-69 will impact the ability to build major projects in Canada and will therefore also impair Ontario’s economic growth and potential. If projects do not get built in the province or elsewhere in Canada, Ontario will suffer as it is the manufacturing backbone of the country and the supplier of goods and materials for most major development projects.

Dave McHattie, vice president, Institutional Relations, Canada of Tenaris explained: “If we cannot develop our Canadian energy resources and get them to market, we are losing an opportunity for our manufacturing sector supply chain. The energy and manufacturing sectors go hand in hand.” Continue Reading →

Batchewana First Nation will ‘decide’ fate of ferrochrome facility bid: Chief – by Elaine Della-Mattia (Sault Star – May 10, 2019)

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Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers says he’s ready and willing to have meaningful consultation with all parties about whether his government can support Noront Resources’s proposed ferrochrome facility in Sault Ste. Marie.

He says he’s willing to set the table and invite others who want to enter into “meaningful” dialogue and follow the “inherent right and jurisdiction” Batchewana will exercise during the quest to find common ground.

“We’re going to do that in the very near future, with Noront and with the city (of Sault Ste. Marie), he said. And only when common ground is found and Batchewana First Nation is satisfied that the environment and its people will be protected, will the First Nation support a ferrochrome plant, he said. Continue Reading →

Could Northern Ontario produce its own stainless steel? – by Lindsay Kelly (Northern Ontario Business – May 10, 2019)

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Could Northern Ontario manufacture its own stainless steel using chromite from the Ring of Fire? It was a popular topic of conversation during the 2019 gathering of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM).

Held May 8-10 in Sudbury, the conference welcomed close to 200 representatives from member municipalities scattered across northeastern Ontario, who discussed best practices, along with new challenges they’re facing following the April release of the provincial budget.

With the conference following on the heels of the announcement that Noront Resources had selected Sault Ste. Marie for its chromite smelter to process ore from the Ring of Fire, industrial energy costs was another hot topic amongst attendees. Continue Reading →

Sudbury: Noront CEO says company ‘has the chops’ to pull off Ring of Fire project (CBC News Sudbury – May 8, 2019)

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Timmins mayor vows to push for facility, though company wants to build in Sault Ste. Marie

The head of a company planning to build a ferrochrome smelter in Sault Ste. Marie says he’s confident the project will move forward as planned.

On Tuesday, Noront Resources announced it will build its smelter to process ore from the Ring of Fire in Sault Ste. Marie. The company had narrowed down two locations for the project: Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie. In response to the announcement, the mayor of Timmins stated “it’s not over until it’s over.”

“We know it will be a number of years before any facilities are built,” George Pirie said. “We think that we’ll have time to affect the decision. We don’t think Noront will be the company that builds the facility. They don’t have deep enough pockets required to build it and will have to bring in a bigger partner.” Continue Reading →

Consultation and engagement the new mining norm: Noront CEO: Al Coutts shares learned experience during student workshop – by Lindsay Kelly (Northern Ontario Business – May 7, 2019)

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Al Coutts was working as chief geologist for Falconbridge at Kidd Mines in Timmins when he got the big break he had been waiting for: a promotion to mine manager.

It had been his goal to work in Sudbury where the big mines were, and Coutts felt like he had finally made it. But he hadn’t been celebrating long when his boss, Warren Holmes, broke the news that Coutts wouldn’t be posted to Sudbury, but to Raglan Mine, situated on the Ungava Peninsula in remote Québec.

He was visibly disappointed, until his boss delivered some sage words of advice. “It’s one thing to earn your opportunity,” Coutts, the current president and CEO of Noront Resources, recalled Holmes saying. “And it’s another thing to see it and take it when it’s staring you in the face.” Continue Reading →

Great Lakes port swayed Noront Resources in picking Sault for ferrochrome plant – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – May 7, 2019)

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Smelter announcement sets wheels in motion for Queen’s Park to release Ring of Fire development strategy

Noront Resources president-CEO Alan Coutts decided it was finally time to end the suspense. After months, even years, of deferred decisions by the Ring of Fire mine developer to select a location for its ferrochrome production facility, the Toronto-based junior miner picked Sault Ste. Marie to be the host community for the proposed $1.1-billion smelter.

The company made its announcement in the Sault, May 7, informing the community of its plans to place the facility on Algoma Steel’s expansive brownfield port lands, just west of the steelworks.

The Sault and Timmins were the two finalists in the running to host the smelter in a site selection process orchestrated by Noront in February 2018. Thunder Bay and Sudbury were eliminated from contention last July. Continue Reading →

[Timmins] City still has sights on ferrochrome plant – by Ron Grech (Timmins Daily Press – May 8, 2019)

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Timmins officials not deterred by Noront announcement to accept Sault’s bid as the site for a proposed ferrochrome processing facility.

Timmins officials are not giving up hope. In light of Tuesday’s announcement by Noront Resources in favour of Sault Ste. Marie as the location for its ferrochrome processing facility, Timmins officials vow to continue to press a case for locating the smelter here.

Timmins’ hopes rest on a likelihood that when it comes time to start construction, Noront, a junior mining company, may not be the one calling the shots.

“We believe that there is lots of time to affect this decision simply because Noront will not be the company that builds this facility,” said Mayor George Pirie, who hosted a press conference in the boardroom of the Timmins Economic Development Corporation Tuesday afternoon. Continue Reading →

[Ferrochrome Processing Facility] Noront chooses Sault Ste. Marie – by Elaine Della-Mattia (Sault Star – May 7, 2019)

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Noront Resources has selected Sault Ste. Marie to be the host of its ferrochrome processing facility. CEO Alan Coutts said the lower operating costs over the 100-year period, is what set Sault Ste. Marie out from Timmins.

Sault Ste. Marie will be the home of a new ferrochrome processing facility, said Alan Coutts, CEO of Noront Resources.

He made the official announcement at city hall Tuesday morning, concluding that the final analysis completed between the shortlisted cities – Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins – suggests while Timmins may have lower capital expenditure costs, Sault Ste. Marie’s operating costs will be lower, a significant factor for the 100-year operation.

The lower operating costs is what tipped the balance in Sault Ste. Marie’s favour, he said. As well, the completion of Algoma’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings allowed Noront Resources to have thorough discussions with the steelmaker’s new owners to ensure that a long-term lease arrangement between the two parties could be reached. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Noront Selects Sault Ste. Marie Site for Ferrochrome Production Facility

TORONTO, May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront” or the “Company”) (TSX Venture: NOT) has selected the Algoma Steel Inc. site in Sault Ste. Marie for its Ferrochrome Production Facility (FPF). The Timmins Kidd Metsite is no longer being considered.

Four communities participated in the initial bidding process which began in February 2018. All submissions were evaluated based on a comprehensive set of criteria determined by Noront and the engineering firm Hatch, which was engaged to assist in the adjudication process. Critical factors included environmental and site suitability, capital costs, operating costs and an assessment of community acceptance for hosting the facility.

Sudbury and Thunder Bay were eliminated in July of 2018. After a thorough and rigorous analysis of the two remaining sites in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, the Timmins Kidd Metsite was eliminated as well. A further refinement of the operating and capital costs of the final sites was completed with the following results: Continue Reading →