REMOVING OUR SUPPORT, GOVERNMENT IS NOT LISTENING
THUNDER BAY ON, OCTOBER 21, 2011: A group of chiefs representing First Nation communities with land near the Ring of Fire have withdrawn their support from the development.
The withdrawal of support was originally announced Thursday, but chiefs from Matawa First Nations held a news conference Friday to provide details about that decision.
The chiefs said they can’t support the project unless the federal government agrees to a joint review panel environmental assessment that would allow First Nations communities in the area to have a voice in the assessment.
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“NO JOINT PANEL REVIEW ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, NO RING OF FIRE DEVELOPMENT,” SAYS MATAWA CHIEFS
MATAWA CHIEFS FEAR THE CONSEQUENCES OF CANADA’S CHOICE TO USE COMPREHENSIVE STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS IN THE RING OF FIRE
THUNDER BAY ONTARIO – OCTOBER 13, 2011: Matawa Chiefs are in a state of disbelief about the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s (CEAA) decision to side with industry by choosing a Comprehensive Study Environmental Assessment (EA) process for the Cliff’s Chromite Project near Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations. The Matawa Chiefs have been calling for a Joint Review Panel Environmental Assessment since May 2011. “First Nations are not stakeholders in these matters. These are our homelands since time immemorial,” said Chief Peter Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation.
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