TORONTO, ON – March 05, 2024 – A landmark agreement signed between the Ontario government, Marten Falls First Nation, and Webequie First Nation accelerates the development of all-season roads into the Ring of Fire. This critical infrastructure will support major economic growth in the region, particularly through mining potential.

The agreement prioritizes “shovel-ready” community projects, including essential healthcare, skills training, and commercial infrastructure, aimed at enhancing First Nations’ readiness and capacity to benefit from construction and resource development in the Ring of Fire.

“This partnership demonstrates strong vision and leadership,” said Mines Minister George Pirie. “These roads are the ‘corridor to prosperity,’ providing needed services to communities while paving the way for Ontario-based electric vehicle and battery manufacturing.”

The Ring of Fire holds significant critical mineral deposits.

Here’s what First Nations leaders had to say:

Marten Falls Chief Bruce Achneepineskum

Chief Bruce Achneepineskum, Marten Falls First Nation:“Our commitment to both economic opportunity and environmental stewardship remains unwavering. This agreement will help our community thrive as we participate in the responsible development of …