SIERRA CLUB CANADA — TWO ONTARIO NATIVE COMMUNITIES ON FRONT LINES TO AVERT CLIMATE CHANGE DISASTER — PLANET EARTH IN SILHOUETTES group

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The Objiway community of Eabametoong and Cree of Nestantaga in northern Ontario have found themselves on the front lines to avert catastrophe from climate change. They are anticipating a three-year struggle to oppose two new roads planned to accommodate mines in what has become known as Ontario’s Ring of Fire. The battle takes place via co-ordinated federal and provincial Environmental Assessments (EAs).

The primary way to prevent environmentally destructive mining in the James Bay Lowlands Ring of Fire is through EAs for proposed roads. Our antiquated mining laws (from the 19thcentury) exempt mines themselves from EA review.

Part of the reason for the opposition from the Eabametoong and Nestantaga First Nations is that until shortly before the last provincial election Ontario planned a more comprehensive environmental study for the entire Ring of Fire region. Now the Province has switched to isolated EA’s for roads as its only commitment to preventing damage to the environment and accelerating climate change.

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