On July 2, 2013, the Ontario government appoints Frank Iacobucci to be its chief negotiator to begin discussions with the Chiefs of the Matawa First Nations, who previously appointed Bob Rae as their chief negotiator.

On April 24, 2014, the two parties signed a Regional Framework Agreement to negotiate the development of the Ring of Fire. This agreement was a first step in the community driven negotiation process between the nine Matawa First Nations and the Province of Ontario to further discuss and negotiate an approach for the Ring of Fire mining development on their traditional territories.

Bob Rae, Chief Negotiator, Matawa First Nations (interview December 11, 2014)

Bob Rae, a member of the law firm Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP and former Ontario Premier and federal Liberal interim leader, is the chief negotiator for the Matawa First Nations. On their behalf, Mr. Rae is tasked with reaching an agreement with the Ontario government to develop the Ring of Fire mining area. Mr. Rae discusses the “community-driven” negotiation process and issues related to reaching a final agreement.


Frank Iacobucci, Chief Negotiator, Ontario Government (interview September 30, 2014)

iacobuccif_bioFrank Iacobucci, a member of the law firm Torys LLP and a former Supreme Court Justice, is the Ontario government chief negotiator. Mr. Iacobucci is mandated to negotiate and reach an agreement with the Matawa First Nations communities affected by the Ring of Fire mining development. Mr. Iacobucci shares his thoughts on aboriginal relations in Canada and where the Ring of Fire negotiations are going.