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#RingOfFire (#RoF) News – August 10, 2015

  • First Nations calling for more First Nation RoF involvement “Matawa First Nations CEO David Paul Achneepineskum called for First Nations involvement in Ring of Fire mining developments during the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s APEX Aboriginal Partnership Exchange. “Our population is about 10,000 and a large percentage are young people,” Achneepineskum says, estimating youth up to 30 years old make up about two-thirds of the population. “So that makes for a large population that will be coming out or is already out there looking for jobs. otentially, there are a lot of opportunities for our First Nations mainly in the economic development area.” ….” 
  • One NDP candidate promises RoF stuff “…. “The NDP will also continue to pursue responsible, collaborative and environmentally- and culturally- conscious development in the Ring of Fire, which would create good jobs and boost the economy of not only Northwestern Ontario, but all of Canada,” concluded (Thunder Bay-Superior North candidate Andrew) Foulds ….” 
  • “Wildlands League asks for environmental review process for exploration — An environmental organization based in Toronto says it worries about the environmental restoration in the Ring of Fire after exploration work concludes in the James Bay region ….” 
  • In case you think the environmentalists are all doom and gloom, though “A miner, a forester, and three environmentalists walk into a room… …. today’s meeting was strictly about threatened caribou. A representative from a mining company and a representative from a forestry company were going to explore opportunities to restore caribou habitat with us. They had never met before. Wildlands League brought them together. What a day for me! Everyone was friendly and efficient. Nobody questioned the importance of restoring habitat. We brainstormed on a new method for prioritizing which roads should be decommissioned to restore the largest parcels of forest closest to where caribou had recently been sighted. Everyone spoke freely and the companies agreed to share data and consultants’ reports with each other. I was amazed. Was I dreaming this after my early flight? I learned that everyone wants to make a difference and we are happy to help ….” 
  • Not strictly RoF, but related …. “We need effective mechanisms for sharing the benefits of natural resources to redress the extreme poverty of Canada’s aboriginals …. Benefit sharing is not about year-round moose hunting and pickerel fishing. It’s about creating mechanisms that permit to support the poorest of the poor among us.”

 

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