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Governments invest in Ring of Fire study


March 2, 2015
By Rock to Road

March 2, 2015 – Representatives of the provincial and
federal government announced a joint investment of more than $785,000 to study
transportation access to the Ring of Fire mining development through several
isolated First Nations communities.

March 2, 2015 – Representatives of the provincial and
federal government announced a joint investment of more than $785,000 to study
transportation access to the Ring of Fire mining development through several
isolated First Nations communities.

 

The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario will
each invest $393,814 to enable the Webequie First Nation, in partnership with
the First Nations of Eabametoong, Neskantaga and Nibinamik, to complete a
regional community service corridor study.

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“This important study will help Eabametoong First Nation and
other remotes work together to consider options for road development in the
area,” said Chief Elizabeth Atlookan of the Eabametoong First Nation. “We are
pleased to see both levels of government supporting this work, since it will be
a helpful tool for our Nation as we plan for a prosperous and sustainable
future.”

 

The study will examine the benefits of developing an
all-season transportation corridor connecting First Nation communities in the
area with existing roadways, enabling them to capitalize on opportunities
related to resource development in the region, including the Ring of Fire.

 

“Establishing a year-round transportation corridor for the
region is vital to ensure the health and economic well-being of First Nation
communities in the area and this important project will help us achieve that
goal,” said Chief Peter Moonias of the Neskantaga First Nation.

 

The Ring of Fire is a large, resource-rich area of
approximately 5,120 sq. km located in the James Bay Lowlands region of Northern
Ontario where significant deposits of copper, zinc, nickel, chromite, platinum,
vanadium and gold have been found. The Ring of Fire has the potential to become
the largest mining development ever seen in Ontario.