The newly minted Ontario mines minister is touting progress towards developing the Ring of Fire. It’s a mineral-rich region in remote Northwestern Ontario.
Timmins MPP George Pirie says the former Liberal government’s so-called “regional framework” was only to the benefit of insiders, lawyers and consultants.
“Our government ended the regional framework in favour of bilateral agreements with First Nations to understand unique priorities and perspectives,” he told the Legislature.
Two of those First Nations could have a road to the mining area through their territory.
“First Nations-led environmental assessments are now underway for two road projects in the Ring of Fire,” Pirie remarked. “By working in partnerships with the First Nations, we are building momentum, ensuring a plan forward to economic reconciliation.”