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REMOVING OUR SUPPORT, GOVERNMENT IS NOT LISTENING

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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BAY ON, OCTOBER 21, 2011: A group of chiefs representing First Nation communities with land near the Ring of Fire have withdrawn their support from the development.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

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO – OCTOBER 20, 2011: Matawa Chiefs withdrew their support for development in the Ring of Fire (ROF) today. The Chiefs and the 8,000 people they represent are calling on Premier McGuinty and Prime Minister Harper to intervene in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process.
 “We will be forced to resort to alternative measures if Canada and Ontario continue to ignore the First Nations that are being impacted by Ring of Fire developments,” said Chief Roger Wesley of Constance Lake First Nation.
Matawa Chiefs are outraged that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is proceeding with a Comprehensive Study EA. The Chiefs and their people have been calling for a Joint Review Panel EA for five months but the government is still not listening.  Both the provincial and the federal governments are failing in their constitutional duty to consult and accommodate First Nations.

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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