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Community members in the Matawa First Nations territory are being trained in a number of natural resources initiatives, including environmental monitoring, land-use planning and communications.
Four Rivers preparing communities for developmentDevelopment in the Ring of Fire is years away, but Indigenous communities in Matawa First Nations territory are strategically going about training their people so they’ll be ready for development when it arrives.Since 2011, Four Rivers, Matawa’s First Nations Environmental Services Group, has provided the tribal council’s nine communities with information and resources to help them make decisions about the management of their natural resources.“With everything that’s going to be happenin...


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Watay Power selected to power Northern communities
First Nations-owned Wataynikaneyap Power LP (Watay) has been selected by the Ontario government to connect 16 remote communities in northwestern Ontario to the province’s electrical grid. The project will impact more than 10,000 people reliant on expensive and inefficient local diesel genera...
Development without Indigenous input illegal, says Rae
The need to consult Indigenous people before development takes place is not a conceit of a particular political party or the whim of the current government, said former parliamentarian Bob Rae. It’s the law, he said, and municipalities would be wise to heed that notion so progress can move forw...
First Nations contractor digs into gold project
A First Nation-owned construction company is cutting its teeth on a new gold mine project under development in northwestern Ontario.Onikaajigan Construction Limited Partnership is running a 600-man camp for the construction workforce that’s building New Gold’s Rainy River open-pit gold mine, 65...
Northwest water monitoring program showing success
Barry Strachan is so confident in the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Northern Chiefs Council’s Safe Water Project, he’s willing to bet his reputation on it.“I’ll go on record right now and say we can expect positive change without one dollar being spent on infrastructure,” said Strachan, KO’s pub...


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