Wynne warns First Na­tions about de­lays in Ring of Fire talks

Cape Breton Post - - Business -

TORONTO — On­tario Premier Kath­leen Wynne is sig­nalling to First Na­tions in the prov­ince’s north that she’s will­ing to aban­don joint talks with them over build­ing roads into the Ring of Fire re­gion.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has been talk­ing with the chiefs of the nine Matawa First Na­tions for years, since the Lib­er­als pledged $1 bil­lion to fund in­fra­struc­ture into the chromite-rich area. Wynne says in a let­ter this week to the chiefs that if On­tario is go­ing to de­liver on that com­mit­ment, there can’t be any more de­lays. She says the op­por­tu­nity to build all-sea­son roads and set the stage for fu­ture so­cial and eco­nomic growth should not be squan­dered. Wynne says while she con­tin­ues to hope progress can be made, she is pre­pared to en­ter into bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions with the Matawa First Na­tions who do want to pur­sue trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

The Ring of Fire is a min­ing area about 500 kilo­me­tres north­east of Thunder Bay, Ont., that holds one of the world’s rich­est chromite de­posits as well as nickel, cop­per and plat­inum.

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