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In this episode we will meet some of the key players working for two communities closest to the mining development, Marten Falls and Webequie, to look at where they are at in the process of preparing their people and communities for the proposed Ring of Fire project. We follow them as they work to learn from the past and get a vision for their future.
EPISODE 2: EVERYTHING’S CONNECTED
Before any resource development like the Ring of Fire can go forward in Northern Ontario, the Far North Act stipulates that a land use plan be prepared and agreed upon by the communities affected. This episode looks at how the community of Webequie is developing its land use plan.
Basic health and social services are essential elements in any community development. Webequie has an unemployment rate of 95% and Marten Falls has been on a boil water advisory for over 10 years, but their number one health and social services issue is OxyContin addiction that has devastated both communities. But there is hope with the Suboxone clinics and traditional healing programs for community members.
EPISODE 4: STRANGE NEW PLACE
There is no high school in the community of Marten Falls, so students have to move to the south to continue their education in the city of Thunder Bay. The challenges of the big city can take it’s toll, as students try to navigate life away from home and families to receive an education so they can qualify and secure jobs with the Ring of Fire mining development.
EPISODE 5: ARE WE READY?
The ultimate plan for the First Nations communities by the Ring of Fire region is to have their people “get up in the morning with a purpose” and have work related to the mining activities. Communities along with industry are preparing people through training and employment programs related to the mining sector.
The potential impacts of the Ring of Fire on the environment, wildlife and traditional way of life is one of the most important issues that the communities of Webequie and Marten Falls have to deal with. The knowledge and guidance of the hunters, trappers and land users is key to leading the way on how communities will deal with the proposed mining project. They want agreements with governments and industry that will protect their lands, watersheds, wildlife, communities, and the traditional way of life that has sustained them for millennia.