THUNDER BAY, ON, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Webequie First Nation is
expressing disappointment with junior mining company Noront Resources
Ltd. The First Nation continues to patiently wait to develop a new
agreement with Noront Resources Ltd. in order to move forward in its
relationship with the company. Currently there is no existing agreement
between the two parties for Noront's proposed mine development in the
Ring of Fire. More importantly, Noront has stopped supporting Webequie
First Nation in both its community engagement and environmental
assessment processes. This type of support is necessary to help the
community deal with Noront's mine development.
Webequie First Nation Chief Cornelius Wabasse says; "We are disappointed
with the slow progress between Noront and our community. We need a
process to guide negotiations for an eventual Impacts and Benefits
Agreement that will need to be ratified by our community members. This
process is normally outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding. Noront
has stopped providing the needed resources to continue negotiations."
The exploration agreement that was in place for Noront's Eagle's Nest
project has since expired. In order to move forward, Webequie First
Nation members need to feel that their traditional lifestyle is being
looked after and that community interests are protected through an
Webequie First Nation will once again try to conclude an MOU with
Noront. In the meantime, Webequie First Nation's membership will be
reviewing and reconsidering Noront's Eagle's Nest project.
Webequie First Nation is a growing Ojibway community located 540 km
north of the city of Thunder Bay. Webequie First Nation is the closest community to the discovery areas in the Ring of Fire and it has
over 700 community members, many of which are actively enjoying their
traditional cultural practices and harvesting activities.
SOURCE WEBEQUIE FIRST NATION
For further information:
Webequie Ring of Fire Senior Director
T- (807) 472-6147