2nd October 2015

Holding keys to Ring of Fire development – by Alan S. Hale (Timmins Daily Press – October 2, 2015)

The Daily Press is the city of Timmins broadsheet newspaper.

TIMMINS – Aboriginal communities and their role in the future of the Ring of Fire was the focus of a presentation to business leaders in Timmins Thursday.

Glen Nolan, a former chief of the Missanabie Cree First Nation and vice-president of aboriginal affairs for Noront Resources, was the guest speaker of a luncheon hosted by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.

Noront is a significant player in the Ring of Fire. The company owns 65% of the mining claims within that James Bay lowland region.

With the First Nations in the area holding a great deal of power over the future of the project, Nolan said it is vital that companies like Noront go about handling their relationship with these communities properly.

“It’s not as simple as going into these territories and expecting the communities to open their doors. There has been many years of promises made by governments and by resource companies that have not been fulfilled,” said said Nolan to the chamber members. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st October 2015

AUDIO: New Democrats hone in on Ring of Fire election promises (CBC News Thunder Bay – September 29, 2015)


What the New Democrats have to say about Ring of Fire development, and counterpoints from the other parties

The federal NDP says if it forms the next federal government it will commit $1 billion to infrastructure in the Ring of Fire. It’s one of the key promises in the NDP’s Northern Ontario platform, which was announced Monday.

Thunder Bay Rainy River NDP candidate John Rafferty said his party’s plan to match Ontario’s $1 billion commitment to the Ring of Fire sends an important message.

“There’s a commitment to make this happen and that optimism will help move this program forward.” The Conservative Candidate for Thunder Bay – Superior North, Richard Harvey, said his party will commit funding when Ontario has a plan in place to develop the project.

“Simply transferring money to the province to spend on — something — when they don’t have a plan doesn’t make sense,” Harvey said.

The riding’s Green Party candidate Bruce Hyer said he wants to wait until there’s a plan in place — one that benefits northern Ontario communities, as well as First Nations. Read the rest of this entry »

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30th September 2015

Aborigines have a right to economic development – by Wayne Bergmann (The Australian – September 30, 2015)


In his victory speech, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced: “There has never been a more exciting time to be alive than today and there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian. We will ensure that all Australians understand that their government recognises the opportunities of the future.”

If federal, state and territory governments are to ensure that Aboriginal Australians are included in these “opportunities of the future”, it is obvious their first priority should be to support the economic initiatives of Aboriginal people.

Remarkably, some governments do not understand this. Take the most recent Queensland state governments.

On Cape York Peninsula near Aurukan, there’s $20 billion worth of bauxite waiting to be mined. The traditional owners of the area, the Wik and Wik Way people, eager to be part of the economic development of their region, formed a joint venture with an Australian mining company to create Aurukan Bauxite Developments and planned to mine the resource. Read the rest of this entry »

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30th September 2015

Charging into Yukon’s new gold rush – by James Kwantes (Vancouver Sun – September 29, 2015)


DAWSON CITY — It is possible to travel by boat for hours down the Yukon River to Dawson City without spotting another human, although you will likely see moose and black bears — and if you’re lucky, a grizzly.

It is quite a contrast from the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 to 1899, when treasure hunters turned the river into a superhighway of steamboats, barges, canoes and rafts.

One of the stops for prospectors was Coffee Creek, a farm and trading post. Today, the waystation is a barge stop and base camp for Kaminak Gold, one of several Vancouver-based companies taking part in a modern-day Yukon gold rush. Kaminak’s four-million-ounce Coffee gold deposit lies in nearby mountains.

“Thousands of prospectors would have stopped there over the years,” Kaminak founder and chairman John Robins said with a smile. His appreciation for the irony is heightened by a personal connection — his great-great-grandfather was a prospector who was part of the original gold rush. Read the rest of this entry »

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29th September 2015

NEWS RELEASE: Northern Superior Initiates Final Preparations for Trial Against the Ontario Government: October 5th, 2015


Sudbury, Ontario, September 29, 2015 – Northern Superior Resources Inc. (TSXV: SUP) (“Northern Superior” or “NSR”) has completed preparations for its trial against the Ontario Government, set to begin October 5th 2015. The following press brief is intended to assist NSR’s shareholders, stakeholders and interested parties following the litigation.


1. NSR is a small junior mineral exploration company with its head office in Sudbury. It explores for gold in Québec and Ontario. NSR is a reporting issuer in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Québec.

2. Starting in mid-2005 and through to December 2011, NSR obtained certain mining claims (described below in more detail) under Ontario’s Mining Act. Under the provisions of the Mining Act in force at the time the claims were acquired, this entitled NSR to enter and exclusively use the areas of the claims as was necessary for prospecting and mineral exploration. With the mining claims, NSR also obtained the right to apply for further rights to extract minerals and to develop and operate a mine(s).

3. At the time NSR obtained its claims, nothing in the Mining Act provisions regarding mineral claims addressed Aboriginal consultation nor required anything from NSR in this regard. NSR assumed that Ontario had done or would do what was required in order to be able to grant NSR the exploration rights associated with the Claims and for NSR to be able to actually conduct the exploration it wished to carry out. No one suggested otherwise to NSR. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th September 2015

Commodity conundrum: Opposing views on Ontario’s Ring of Fire – Business Network News (September 24, 2015)



The Ontario government plans to spend $1 billion for infrastructure in the northern Ontario mining area known as “The Ring of Fire”. BNN gets the positive and negative view on the future of mining in this area from Alan Coutts, CEO of Noront Resources, a junior miner in the region, and Patrick Ryan, Principal at Mining For Facts.

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24th September 2015

Mining and Aboriginal Rights in Yukon: How Certainty Affects Investor Confidence – by Malcolm Lavoie and Dwight Newman (Fraser Institute – September 24, 2015)


For the full report, click here: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/mining-and-aboriginal-rights-in-yukon-how-certainty-affects-investor-confidence.pdf

Legal uncertainty is a topic often raised in discussing unresolved Aboriginal land claims, such as those in British Columbia. Mining and Aboriginal Rights in Yukon examines legal uncertainty on Aboriginal rights in a different way, and in an under-examined Northern context. We examine what we identify as growing legal uncertainty in Yukon.

This topic is not one that would have been expected a few years ago. In Yukon, modern land claims agreements with 11 out of the territory’s 14 First Nations once seemed to have established a high degree of certainty on Aboriginal claims. This certainty was even seen as a significant advantage for Yukon in the global competition for mining investment.

However, changing perceptions in the mining industry now suggest that this advantage has been undermined in recent years. The phenomenon of growing legal uncertainty in Yukon may also have implications for the whole country. It may be that modern land claims agreements—long seen as the best tool for establishing certainty on outstanding Aboriginal claims—are not living up to their promise in the current legal environment. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd September 2015

Aboriginal consultations lengthy but necessary step for mine development – by Jonathan Migneault (Sudbury Northern Life – September 21, 2015)


KGHM makes progress with Victoria Mine

After many years of groundwork, KGHM’s Sudbury operations expect to submit a report to their parent company in Poland by the end of October to approve further development and production of the Victoria Mine, says the company’s local environment and community manager.

Ian Horne addressed the Canadian Institute of Mining Thursday about his years of experience negotiating agreements with local first nations regarding the mine’s development.

In 2010 the modernized Mining Act required mining companies operating in Ontario to consult with Aboriginal people before they could submit their mine closure plans to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.

The mine closure plan is a necessary part of any mining project.  “Once you get involved in something like Aboriginal consultation you realize the value and importance of it,” Horne said. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd September 2015

CANADA’S WATERLESS COMMUNITIES (Vice.com – September 2015)


This is a “must watch” series by Vice News, a current affairs media company that produces news documentaries that are not thoroughly covered by mainstream global news gathering organizations. The issue of non-potable drinking water in many of Canada’s First Nations communities is a national scandal that continues to be largely ignored by the very influential Toronto media. – Stan Sudol (RepublicOfMining.com)

CANADA’S WATERLESS COMMUNITIES, PART 2 (Vice.com – September 15, 2015)

Shoal Lake 40 has been cut off from the mainland for over 100 years. The First Nation community is fighting for an access road to the west so that it can build a water treatment plant. The community has been on a boil water advisory for 17 years. But so far, the federal government has failed to commit its portion of the funding. In Part 2 of this feature, Hilary Beaumont sees the community’s reaction to the latest government announcement.

Click here: http://en.daily.vice.com/videos/canadas-waterless-communities-part-2

CANADA’S WATERLESS COMMUNITIES, PART 3 (Vice.com – September 16, 2015)

The residents of Shoal Lake 40 rely on an aging barge to get food and water from the mainland. In the winter, they drive across the ice. But in the spring and fall, the crossing becomes treacherous. In today’s feature, Hilary Beaumont talks to a resident whose mother died while trying to cross the lake.

Click here: http://en.daily.vice.com/videos/canadas-waterless-communities-part-3

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21st September 2015

Resources firms endorse call for aboriginal veto rights to projects – by Shawn McCarthy (Globe and Mail – September 21, 2015)

The Globe and Mail is Canada’s national newspaper with the second largest broadsheet circulation in the country. It has enormous influence on Canada’s political and business elite.

Two of Canada’s biggest resources companies have endorsed a call for governments and industry to clearly assert the right of aboriginal communities to veto major projects that negatively affect their traditional territories.

Suncor Energy Inc. and Tembec Inc. are members of the Boreal Leadership Council that is releasing a report Monday calling for the adoption of the principle of “free, prior and informed consent” when industry is working with indigenous populations. The council is composed of businesses – including Toronto Dominion Bank – environmental groups and First Nations that work together on northern issues.

Aboriginal communities have frequently reaped benefits in agreements with resources companies over development projects, but often complain they are not treated as full partners and have little real power over the fate of projects. In recent years, Canadian courts have made clear that these communities need to be consulted and their concerns accommodated, and that where they have clear title to land, their consent must be given. Read the rest of this entry »

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17th September 2015

[Northern Superior Resources] Sudbury junior miner squares off against province – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – September 17, 2015)

Established in 1980, Northern Ontario Business provides Canadians and international investors with relevant, current and insightful editorial content and business news information about Ontario’s vibrant and resource-rich North. Ian Ross is the editor of Northern Ontario Business ianross@nob.on.ca.

Barring a last-minute settlement, a Sudbury junior mining company expects to be in a Toronto courtroom in early October to take on the Ontario government in a potential landmark case that could prompt revisions to Ontario’s Mining Act concerning First Nation consultation.

“I’d rather be talking about exploration,” lamented Tom Morris, president and CEO of Northern Superior Resources, who was making preparations for a four-week trial in an Ontario Superior Court starting Oct. 5.

Northern Superior is seeking compensation from the province for failing to protect its interests in a gold exploration play in northwestern Ontario that the company was forced to abandon its mining claims after a series of disputes with a First Nation community in 2011.

Close to two years ago, Northern Superior filed a $110-million lawsuit in late 2013 to recover the $15 million it spent on exploration since 2006, plus the estimated future value of the three properties on Crown land as they worked toward a major gold discovery near the Manitoba border. Read the rest of this entry »

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17th September 2015

Nunavik women say family demands keep them from jobs at mines – by Sarah Rogers (Nunatsiaq News – September 17, 2015)


“They want to make sure that their children are cared for”

KUUJJUAQ — Consultations with Inuit women across Nunavik earlier this year found that — not surprisingly — they face the same barriers to seeking and securing employment in the mining sector as other Aboriginal women around the world.

And one of those challenges is balancing work with home and family life in a job that demands that workers be away from home for extended periods of time.

Over the last year, the Kativik Regional Government has worked alongside the region’s Kautaapikkut mining roundtable, a body launched last year to encourage Inuit employment in Nunavik’s mines and mor specifically, to look at the under-employment of women.

Together men and women make up 15 per cent of all Nunavimmiut working at the region’s two mines.

But fewer than half of all Inuit working at the region’s two operating mines are women; about 44 per cent at Glencore Raglan’s nickel operation, and about 20 per cent at Canadian Royalties’ Nunavik Nickel. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th September 2015

Noront CEO outlines big plans in the Ring of Fire (Northern Miner – September 16, 2015)

The Northern Miner, first published in 1915, during the Cobalt Silver Rush, is considered Canada’s leading authority on the mining industry.

VANCOUVER — Noront Resources (TSXV: NOT; US-OTC: NOSOF) has emerged as a leader across the Ring of Fire region in the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario, and it has a long-term plan in the works it hopes will establish a world-class nickel sulphide and chromite camp in the region.

The company is knows it won’t be a quick process, but a commitment to social license and First Nation partnerships could lead to successes where larger companies have failed.

Noront made headlines in late March when it acquired 103 claims in the Ring of Fire from beleaguered U.S. base-metal miner Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE: CLF) for US$20 million. The deal was financed via a US$22.5-million loan agreement that saw Franco-Nevada (TSX: FNV; NYSE: FNV) pick up a 3% royalty on the Black Thor chromite deposit and a 2% royalty on Noront’s properties in the region with the exception of its advanced-stage Eagle’s Nest nickel platinum group metals project.

“We’d always had our eye on consolidating the Ring of Fire because we view it as an emerging camp. I mean you have a greenstone belt with a big ultramafic complex that seems to be chalk full of discovery potential,” said president and CEO Alan Coutts during an interview. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th September 2015

Fortescue Metals inks deal with Australian Aboriginal Mining – by Anne Lu (International Business Times – September 16 2015)


Fortescue Metals Group Limited inked an Iron Ore Sale and Purchase Agreement with Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation Pty Ltd on Monday, the companyannounced in a statement.

The five-year deal will allow the indigenous-owned AAMC to transport up to two million tonnes of iron ore yearly from its Pilbara mining operation through Fortescue’s world-class port or rail facilities. Fortescue can then purchase the iron ore or sell it on behalf of AAMC.

The agreement will help create Australia’s first Aboriginal owned and operated iron ore mine.

“Today’s agreement underlines very clearly Fortescue’s commitment to provide meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal business development. The company is focused on building up Aboriginal communities through full economic participation rather than passive welfare,” said Fortescue CEONev Power.

Indeed, the company’s Billion Opportunities program has awarded more than AU$1.8 billion in contract value to Aboriginal businesses and joint ventures. Fortescue’s workforce is 13 percent Aboriginal. Read the rest of this entry »

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16th September 2015

N.W.T. draft plan for protected areas has Chamber of Mines up in arms – by Guy Quenneville (CBC News North – September 16, 2015)


Draft target of 40% will damage territory’s already struggling minerals industry, says chamber vice-president

The N.W.T. and Nunavut Chamber of Mines says it is “deeply concerned” with an “outrageous” suggestion from the N.W.T. government that as much as 40 per cent of land in the territory be set aside for conservation, but the government says that worry is premature.

“We appreciate their concerns. The document is stamped ‘DRAFT,'” says Michael Miltenberger, minister of Environment and Natural Resources.

Miltenberger’s department circulated a draft plan on N.W.T. conservation areas earlier this month to environmental groups (the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Tides Canada), aboriginal groups, the chamber of mines and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

The plan proposes “a target of 40 per cent in conservation areas in the N.W.T.” Miltenberger says only half of that land would be shut off to companies; the other half, only potentially so. Read the rest of this entry »

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