MNO Building Relationships for the Ring of Fire
MNO Secretary-Treasurer Tim Pile (right) with Joseph Carrabba, President and CEO
of Cliff’s Resources (centre) and the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural
Resources, at the Aboriginal Business Luncheon in Thunder Bay.

Tim Pile, Secretary-Treasurer for the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), along with Cam Burgess, Regional Councillor for Region 2, and representatives from the MNO Thunder Bay Métis Council, MNO Greenstone and Area Métis Council and MNO North Shore Métis Council, attended an Aboriginal Business Luncheon in Thunder Bay on May 1, 2012. The sold-out event was hosted by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and included a keynote address from Joseph Carrabba, President and Chief Executive Officer for Cliff’s Natural Resources.

Cliff’s Natural Resources is one of the major mining companies pursuing a chromite project in Ontario’s far north, in the area known as “the Ring of Fire.” The mineral potential of the Ring of Fire promises to be an economic bonanza for Northern Ontario and the MNO is working hard to ensure that Métis people benefit from such projects. The MNO is continuing to work with the Federal and Provincial governments, mining companies and MNO Consultation Committees to build relationships that will protect Métis rights and way of life in areas that may be impacted by Ring of Fire projects.