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Waubetek’s plan to engage mining stakeholdersDawn Madahbee, general manager, Waubetek. By: Lindsay KellyWaubetek Business Development Corporation has developed a new mining strategy designed to help stakeholders navigate the intricacies involved with resource development in Northeastern Ontario.The three-year Aboriginal Mining Strategy for North-East Ontario outlines priorities in four strategic area...
First Nations seek to reset relationship with Queen’s ParkOntario Regional Chief Stan Beardy. By: Ian RossOntario Regional Chief Stan Beardy is confident that a new relationship is emerging with Queen’s Park following a summit late last fall designed to find common ground on key issues that will allow resource development to proceed in the Far North.First Nation leaders from across Ontario met in late ...
First Nations ready to be partners in developmentNishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Harvey Yesno. By: Ian RossAt an Aboriginal energy conference last December in Toronto, keynote speaker Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Harvey Yesno shocked delegates when he remarked that 21 of the 49 communities in his territorial organization were under boil-water advisories; eight of them for more than 10 years.“...
Unions, apprenticeship board join to train Aboriginal workersThe Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario has teamed up with local trade unions and Aboriginal employment agencies to encourage more Aboriginal workers to go into the trades. By: Lindsay KellyFifteen years ago, if Ron Sarazin had suggested Aboriginal communities work closely with the province’s trade unions to ready Aboriginal workers for the skilled trades, he’d be lucky to get a phone call back.But as industry starts to realize the skills Aboriginal workers can bring to the trades, th...
Consulting group focused on First Nations interestsJennifer David, manager, Stonecircle Consulting. By: Lindsay KellyJennifer David would be perfectly content to work herself out of a job.As the manager of the Aboriginal consultant group Stonecircle, if the idea is to give First Nations communities the tools to understand the nuances of economic planning, policy development, and resource development planning, she...
Vale automates slag dumpingOperators can now view the slag pour from a window in the locomotive instead of braving minus 30 degree Celsius temperatures and being exposed to noxious gases. By: Norm TollinskyWatching the sudden discharge of red-hot molten metal at the Vale slag pile has been a rite of passage for generations of Sudburians. For the Vale employees responsible for the fire and light show, it’s just a job – and not necessarily an easy or pleasant one, at least until now.A new slag dumping ...
Pic Mobert takes charge in forestry Magwayyawk Forestry Services is a harvesting company and training vehicle for Pic Mobert and Pic River band members to participate in the forestry industry and become entrepreneurs. By: Ian RossTaking an ownership stake in a shuttered White River sawmill proved to be the perfect entry point for the Pic Mobert First Nation to finally participate in the forestry industry.The northeastern Ontario community of 900 members has mobilized a logging company this winter, Magwayyawk Forestry Servic...
Ottawa, Queen’s Park fund Ring of Fire road study The provincial and federal governments have allotted $732,000 to fund a study into a year-round road to provide access to remote First Nations near the Ring of Fire. (FILE PHOTO) By: Northern Ontario Business staffIt didn’t necessarily fulfill Queen’s Park’s billion-dollar request to help finance infrastructure for the Ring of Fire, but Ottawa is willing to co-fund a long overdue road study to reach the stranded mineral deposits and provide year-round accessibility to remote First Nations.The communities ...



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