NEW! Open Letter signed by 12 leading environmental and civil society groups on Regional EA for Ring of Fire.
The battle for the ‘breathing lands’: Ontario’s Ring of Fire and the fate of its carbon rich peatlands from July 2020 in The Narwhal provides excellent context.
See where the Ring of Fire (yellow crescent) is in northern Ontario in relation to globally significant peatlands of the Hudson Bay Lowland. Click on image to see the full map. For caribou ranges click here. For watersheds click here.
We care because this region is one of the largest intact areas left on the planet. Industrial resource extraction must meet the highest standards in the world and would only proceed after an over-arching plan to protect the ecological and cultural values for the region is in place.
Ontario needs to take a long term view to ensure local First Nations are respected and the environment is protected.
The stakes here are high, ecologically, culturally and economically.
A regional strategic environmental assessment (RSEA) is needed to properly protect the ecological and cultural values of this region before any new mines or infrastructure corridors are built. The assessment must: