Bryanna Scott, President of the MNO Thunder Bay Métis
Council.Submitted by Darby Starratt
On October 30, Bryanna Scott, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Thunder Bay Métis Council presented the opening remarks to the Ring of Fire conference.
Sponsored by Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration, the conference provided an opportunity to hear from all sides affected by the Ring of Fire development in Ontario’s far north. This development has been described as the most promising mineral development opportunity in Ontario in almost a century, with a multi-generational potential of chromite production and a significant production of nickel, copper and platinum.
While the economic development opportunity is significant, according to an article published by CBC, challenges such as sustainable development, the duty to consult and impacts on Aboriginal communities must be considered and addressed before the extraction project begins.
Published on: November 13, 2015