EFN in the news…
Here is a collection of recent news articles featuring public articles on Eabametoong, or on issues of general interest to EFN members. Much of this will focus on attention given to the Ring of Fire and regional development, especially to highlight how these issues are spun by industry and government. More to come in this section soon:
May 2017: A much more balanced viewpoint on the challenges and real investment needed according to First Nations’ community development priorities prior to pushing ahead with Ring of Fire road and mineral projects. This article references a new report developed by researchers at both University of Saskatchewan and Waterloo, Heather Hall and Ken Coates.
Excerpt from the article – “(Ken)Coates adds government needs to realize that basic infrastructure development for remote communities can’t rely on specific mining projects. He says the onus shouldn’t be on Indigenous communities supporting resource development to get basic infrastructure.
“I think the basic issue is Canada needs to decide that Indigenous communities deserve the same quality and services that other Canadians take for granted,” he said. For more, see: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/ring-of-fire-first-nations-consultation-1.4120707
The full-length report by Hall and Coates is available here: http://macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/MLIAboriginalResources12-HallCoatesWeb_F.pdf
Much of the analysis from the recent report illustrates points made by Chief Atlookan publicly in 2016 in the articles referenced below, and with EFN and Matawa Chiefs Council negotiation documents from as far back as 2014.
May 2017: Following meeting with EFN and Matawa FN Chiefs on May 1, Premier Wynne pressures the Chiefs to make ‘decision’ on infrastructure to access some of the $1B mentioned in her 2014 campaign promise on the Ring of Fire. Though the First Nations have made legitimate proposals on how to work together, including with Ontario, on detailed road planning processes, this current pressure is to make corridor decisions before knowing all the relevant facts, and is contrary to the principles that EFN and other First Nations have been developing for working with their communities on major developments: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2017/05/12/premier-wynne-ring-fire-matawa-first-nations/
August 2016: EFN clarifies position on community roads and plans for working together with other remote First Nations to gather vital information and THEN make community decisions together on corridors and governance of infrastructure, not simply assuming that building roads will improve life for everyone in the community. Despite recent pressure to decide first, then see how it goes, EFN is committed to a community-based process: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2016/08/31/navigating-ring-fire-road-map-will-lead-regional-planning/
August 2016: EFN Enters Regional Negotiations with Ontario (community video from 2014, online publicly now): https://youtu.be/DdArKElrT6Q
April 2016: ‘We need to be whole’ to benefit from mining development, Eabametoong chief tells Carolyn Bennett: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/thunder-bay/first-nations-suicides-mining-carolyn-bennett-1.3541419
April 2016: Getting it Right, Rather than Getting It Soon. Editorial from Chief Atlookan on EFN’s interest in doing the right thing for the long term health and prosperity of all membership – http://www.netnewsledger.com/2016/04/07/ring-of-fire-getting-it-right-rather-than-getting-it-soon/
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