Republic of Mining (industry focus)
Note: Intertwined with Ring of Fire concerns is the overall state of First Nations in Canada. Our page, First Nations gives more insight into this.
Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles, The Nugget: New plan for Northern Ontario, Oct 19, 2012
A new proposal has been put forward for a rail link using the Ontario Northlands line, extending it westward to reach Nakina. It has the support of the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, northeastern Ontario communities, unionized employees at Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, Nipissing-Tamiskaming M.P. Jay Aspin and Canada Chrome Corp, a subsidiary of KWG Resources. It’s not clear how this ties in with the road link proposed by Cliffs Natural Resources and apparently agreed to by the Ontario government.
CBC News, Thunder Bay: Old village discovered at Ring of Fire river crossing, Oct 15, 2012
Professor Scott Hamilton of Lakehead University’s anthropology department travelled to the site where a bridge is planned across the Attawapiskat River as part of the transportation route to Ring of Fire mine sites. With the help of elders he found evidence of a gathering place used since at least as far back as the fur trade era up until the 1970s. He stated, “It is extremely important for large-scale environmental assessment both in terms of heritage values on the landscape but also ecologically sensitive areas.”
Anna Baggio, CPAWS-Wildlands League: Ontario needs to act before it’s too late in the Ring of Fire, Sept 11, 2012,
Janet Sumner and Anna Baggio, The Star: Will Ontario get it right in northern Ring of Fire? Sept 27, 2012
CPAWS-Wildlands League is launching an ad campaign to raise public awareness of mining activities in the Ring of Fire and to convince the Ontario government to form a comprehensive regional plan for development there. “CPAWS is concerned that ecosystems are being put at risk, endangered species like woodland caribou are being ignored and First Nations communities are being left on the sidelines.”
Tanya Talaga, The Star: Environment Canada raises alarms on chromite mining development in Ring of Fire, June 25, 2012
Environment Canada has warned in a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency of dangers from Ring of Fire mine waste. Chromium-6 is an especially worrying waste product of the chromite project. It has been linked to illness in California and named a potential carcinogen by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been associated with lung, nasal and sinus cancers.
CBC News, Thunder Bay, ‘Kill me first,’ Neskantaga chief tells Cliffs, May 14, 2012
Chief Peter Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation reacted strongly to the announcement by the Ontario government that the Cliffs Resources chromite mine would be going ahead: “They’re going to have to cross that river, and I told them if they want to cross that river, they’re going to have to kill me first.” Neskantaga is located at the headwaters of the Attawapiskat River, where the proposed mine would be located.