Ring of Fire Agreement: 'Historic', Rickford
"...The province expects the Ring of Fire to be the largest mining development in a century. It would connect a number of isolated northern communities with the provincial highway network - greatly expanding the province's mining potential. Premier Doug Ford has called it a multi-billion opportunity.
Last week, Kiiwetinoong MPP and Indigenous Affairs Critic, Sol Mamakwa, says many communities in the region were not properly consulted on the Ring of Fire access road, which has been in the making for over 15 years now. Shortly after Premier Doug Ford's Ring of Fire announcement, the Omushkegowuk Women's Water Council, which represents FN communities in Northern Ontario, stressed that Ontario's agreement with two communities is only to plan the all-season road, not to build it, and their communities haven't been involved in any part of the planning process.
'The Omushkegowuk Cree communities are downstream from the Ring of Fire belt. We are Title Holders and Treaty rights holders as we still use our water systems. Anything that would affect our waterways is an infringement on our Treaty rights. The Omushkegowuk communities were not fully informed on the entirety of the Ring of Fire proposed activities,' they wrote in a prepared statement..."