Doug Ford gives reconciliation the shaft - 2020-03-07
As Coastal GasLink's plans to pipe liquid natural gas through Wet'suwet'en traditional lands in northern BC continues to mess with national attempts at reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, Ontario premier Doug Ford announced plans last week to open northern Ontario's Ring of Fire for mining.
The 5,000-square-kilometre crescent-shaped mineral hot-spot 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay runs through the James Bay lowlands. Rich in high-grade metals, including chromite used to make stainless steel, the potential economic impact has been compared to Alberta's tar sands.
But despite nearly two decades of intense industry interest in the region, which is currently only accessible by plane, the Ring of Fire remains undeveloped, with some initial industry stakeholders leaving for greener pastures.