Big Plans for Big Thun­der

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The aban­doned Big Thun­der ski hill and ski jump near Thun­der Bay, Ont. may get a sec­ond life. In Septem­ber, Fort Wil­liam First Na­tion Chief Peter Collins pre­sented On­tario Pre­mier Kath­leen Wynne with brief­ing notes at a po­lit­i­cal sum­mit be­tween the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and the Anishin­abek Na­tion. The con­cept in­volves trans­fer­ring the Big Thun­der land, which has been closed for nearly 20 years, to Fort Wil­liam First Na­tion.

“We think it's an eco­nomic-de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity that will go a long way in our com­mu­nity,” Collins said. “Not only for our com­mu­nity, but also for the City of Thun­der Bay in part­ner­ship with them.”

The chief didn't spec­ify many de­tails of the plans for the aban­doned ski hill, but said that all con­cerned want to de­velop fea­tures such as na­ture trails in the area.

Collins also wants to part­ner with Lake­head Univer­sity, Con­fed­er­a­tion Col­lege, the Town­ship of Nee­bing and the Friends of Big Thun­der vol­un­teer group to re­de­velop the ski hill, which hosted the Nordic World Ski Cham­pi­onships in 1995.

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