First Nations warn true partnership is needed on Ring of Fire development

Canadian Press – The First Nations communities surrounding a potentially massive chromite deposit in northern Ontario known as the Ring of Fire say it will take more than lip-service from politicians to ensure development goes ahead on the valuable land. Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle will be visiting several First Nations communities starting Wednesday to discuss concerns around the Ring of Fire – a mining opportunity that’s been described by Premier Dalton McGuinty as key to economic recovery. It’s a trip First Nations welcome, but one they say won’t move development along unless their right to provide consent for work on their land is legitimately taken into account. “It’s nice when a politician comes to our territory and talks to us. It’s a learning experience for them and I hope what they’ll hear us and they’ll take it to heart,” said Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, which represents 49 First Nations communities. “But at the end of the day there’s political rhetoric and there’s a legal requirement to fulfill.”

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