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Consultation process pits First Nation against First Nation in northern Ontario

Originally published in CBC News

September 29, 2020

‘Irresponsible’ to push mining supply road during pandemic, Neskantaga chief says

Two First Nations in northern Ontario are facing off in a confrontation set up by the province’s environmental assessment regime.

Webequie First Nation is seeking response to the terms of reference it submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks on August 14, for a proposed 107-kilometre supply road to a mineral deposit in the Ring of Fire.

The terms of reference (ToR) is the framework for the environmental assessment for the road before it is built. Provincial regulations require consultation on that framework with other First Nations whose traditional territory may be impacted by the project and who indicate they want to be consulted.

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