On April 24, 2014, Matawa member First Nations Chiefs and representatives of the Province of Ontario signed the Regional Framework Agreement in Thunder Bay. The RFA is a first step in the historic, community-based negotiation process that will bring together the nine First Nations and the Province of Ontario to discuss and negotiate an approach for development in the First Nations’ traditional territories. The process will help ensure that First Nations participate in, and benefit from, Ring of Fire developments.
The agreement ensures that First Nations and Ontario can work together on resource development opportunities. That includes: long-term, regional environmental monitoring; enhanced participation in environmental assessment processes; resource revenue sharing; social and economic supports; and regional and community infrastructure.
With this agreement, we have taken an important step forward together – we have adopted a different kind of negotiating process that is based on respect. We now have a framework to guide our discussions as we work toward achieving our common goals, and ensuring that everyone benefits from development in the Ring of Fire
– Premier Kathleen Wynne
“The RFA is a positive step. It is historic, and it has been a challenging process to develop. We have spent considerable effort over the last year to have productive conversations about resource stewardship on our lands. Our community has given us a strong mandate to negotiate with the Province on these important issues. We can’t passively hope that others will care for us. This is something that we have to go out and work for. I expect the Province to demonstrate their commitment to our community based process. This is the only way we can consider what sort of future our people want to work towards.”
– Chief Elizabeth Atlookan
Regional Negotation Updates
For more information on the Regional Framework Agreement and how Eabametoong can best prepare for the process, please contact:
Joseph Waswa, CDC Coordinator