Ring of Fire

NEW! Open Letter signed by 12 leading environmental and civil society groups on Regional EA for Ring of Fire.

In February 2022, Wildlands submitted comments on the Draft Agreement to conduct a Regional Assessment in the Ring of Fire area. Our comments on the Northern Road Link are also available here.

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.

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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.

Why we care Why we care

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.




How we can help Solution

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:

  • be done with the full involvement of First Nations and public hearings, and incorporate the advice of experts;
  • incorporate explicit and robust cumulative effects design for the sensitive environmental and cultural values of the region; and
  • ensure a clear commitment to transparency in decision making and protection of the public interest.


Janet Sumner, JLS-RoF-LakeheadPresentation2015, October 30, 2015.

Ring of Fire – May 2013

Presentation to the Canadian Institute of Mining, May 2013 “Getting it Right in the Ring of Fire

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