Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wildlands League asks Ontario Government to start land use planning in Northern Ontario 'Ring of Fire'

The Wildlands League and Noront Resources Ltd. are jointly requesting that the Ontario government start land use planning with First Nations communities located in the northern Ontario Ring of Fire.

"In a letter addressed to various government ministers, the public interest group Wildlands League and Canadian mining company Noront highlight the "urgent need" to develop and approve compressive land use plans that will protect First Nations' land while preventing delays and missteps for mining companies developing in the area.

"What First Nations communities need to see is the options available to them and the cost and benefits of those options," said Anna Baggio the director of conservation and land use planning at Wildlands League.

Land use agreements are part of the government's Far North Act, which aims to protect 50 per cent of Northern land (225,000 kilometres) from development while providing stability for mining companies exploring and developing in Northern Ontario. Baggio said land use agreements with First Nations communities and should have been implemented last fall when the Far North Act was initially passed.

See Ring of Fire update

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