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Please join us in signing on to this statement calling on Canada and Ontario to establish an immediate moratorium in the Ring of Fire.


ᐁ ᐊᐸᐊᒪᒋᐠ ᑲᑭᓇᐤ ᑭᒋ ᐅᑭᒪᐧᐊᐠ ᑭᒋ ᐧᐃᑕᒪᒋᐠ ᑭᒋ ᐅᑕᓇᑫᐸᑭᐧᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᒧᓇᐃᑫᐧᐃ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᐣ ᕆᐣᐠ ᐊᑊ ᐸᔭᕐ ᐁᒪᓇᒋᑕᓂᐧᐊᑭ ᓯᐱᔭ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᐅᑌᐸᑫᓂᑕᑯᓯᐧᐃᓂᐧᐊᐤ᙮ 
An Open Statement to the Governments of Canada and Ontario

ᓂᓇᓇᐣ ᑲᒪᓯᓇᓱᔭᐠ ᑕᑐ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑲᔭᒥᐢᑕᒪᑫᒋᐠ ᐊᔭᒥᐊᑲᓂᐧᐊᐧᓇᐠ ᑲᑭᓇᐤ ᑭᒋ ᐅᑭᒪᐧᐊᐠ ᐅᑕ ᑲᓇᑕᐢᑭᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᐅᐣᑌᕆᐅ ᑭᒋ ᑐᑕᑭᐠ ᑭᒋ ᐅᑕᓇᑫᐸᓂᐧᑕᒋᐠ ᐊᐸᑎᓯᐧᐃᓇ ᒥᓯᐧᐁ ᑲ ᐧᐃ ᐃᔑ ᓇᓇᑕᐧᐃ ᔓᓂᔭᓇᓯᓂᐧᐊᓂᐧᐊᓂᓂᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑲ ᓄᒋᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᒣᐢᑲᓇᐤ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑲᐧᐃ ᐅᔑᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᒣᐢᑲᓇᐤ  ᑭᐧᐁᑎᓄᐠ ᒥᑐᓂ ᓇᑕᐧᐁᓂᑕᐧᑲᐣ ᐱᑕᒪ ᐅᒪ ᑭᒋ ᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ᙮
We, the undersigned environmental, Indigenous, and civil society organizations call on the governments of Canada and Ontario to establish an immediate moratorium in the Ring of Fire for all mineral exploration, assessments for proposed road projects, and other potential developments including the Northern Road link. It is critical the moratorium remain in effect until:

  1. ᑲᐧᐃᑐᒋᑲᑌᐠ ᑭᒋ ᒪᓇᒋᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᐅᑌ ᐃᑌᑫᐢᑲᒥᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᓂᐱᐧᐊᒐᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᓯᐱᐧᐊᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ
    Protection plans for the region’s sensitive wetlands and watersheds are in place, and
  2. ᑭᒋ ᑭ ᐃᑕᐧᑲᐠ ᓂᐱᔾ ᐁᐸᔦᑲᐠ ᐧᐊᐢᑲᐃᑲᓂᐠ᙮ ᒥᓄᐱᒪᑎᓯᐧᐃ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᑲ ᐊᑐᐢᑲᑕᒋᐠ ᐊᔕᔾ ᑭᑭᐱᒋᑕᐧᐊᐠ ᒥᓯᐧᐁ ᐣᑎᒥᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᒪᒥᐠ ᐃᑌᑫ ᓯᐱᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐃᑕᐧᑲᓂᓂᐠ ᒧᓇᐃᑫᐧᐃ ᐊᐸᑎᓯᐧᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᕆᐣᐠ ᐊᑊ ᐸᔭᕐ ᑲ ᐃᒋᑲᑌᓂᐠ᙮
    Access to clean water, housing, and health services have been secured for all upstream and downstream communities from the proposed Ring of Fire.

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Protecting Inherent Indigenous Rights

ᑲ ᑭ ᐃᔑ ᑭᒋᐧᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᑭᐧᐁ ᐳᓀᓂᒋᑫᐧᐃᓂᐠ ᐁᐧᐃ ᐃᐧᑌᒪᑲᐠ ᐁᑲ ᐊᒋᑫᐣ ᒥᓇ ᐧᐊᓂᑐᑕᑫᐧᐃᐣ ᑭᒋ ᐃᑕᐧᑲᐠ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᑌᐸᑫᓂᑕᑯᓯᒋᐠ᙮ ᑭᒋ ᓄᒋᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐸᑯᓭᓂᒥᒋᐠ ᑲᑭᓇᐤ ᑭᒋ ᐅᑭᒪᐧᐊᐠ ᑭᒋ ᐅᑕᓇᑫᐸᓂᐧᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᐅᒪ ᐊᐸᑎᓯᐧᐃᐣ ᑭᒋ ᑭ ᐅᒋ ᐱᒪᒋᑕᓂᐧᐊᑭ ᓯᐱᔭ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑭᑕᐢᑭᓇᐤ ᐧᐁᐡᑲᐨ ᑲ ᑭ ᐅᒋ ᐯᒋ ᐃᔑᓇᐧᑲᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑ ᐱᒪᑎᓯᒋᐠ ᐃᓂᓂᐧᐊ ᑲᐱᒪᑎᓯᐧᐊᑫᒋᐠ᙮

Living up to the promise of reconciliation means action is required now to prevent further violations of Indigenous rights. To fulfill this duty, we call on Canada and Ontario to enact a moratorium to sustain the lands and waters that, since time immemorial, have been relied upon by region’s First Nations.
Image credit: Canadian Geographic

Protecting Boreal Watersheds

ᑲᔭᐡ ᐅᒋ ᑲ ᑭ ᐯᒋ ᐃᔑᓇᐧᑲᐠ ᐊᐢᑭᐠ ᐯᔭᐧᑲᐣ ᑭᒋ ᐃᔑ ᐱᒧᑌᒪᑲᐠ ᑲ ᑭ ᐃᔑᓇᐧᑲᐠ ᐧᐁᐡᑲᐨ ᐱᑯ ᐅᒋ ᐊᐢᐱᐣ ᑲ ᐊᐢᑭᐧᐊᐠ ᑲ ᑭ ᐃᔑ ᐱᒧᑌᒪᑲᐠ ᒥᓯᐧᐁ ᐃᔑ᙮ ᐁᑯᔑ ᐱᑕᒪ ᑭᒋ ᐧᐁᐣᑕᑦ ᓄᒋᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᑫ ᑭ ᐅᒋ ᒪᓇᒋᑕᓂᐧᐊᐠ ᑲ ᐃᔑᓇᐧᑲᐠ ᒥᐢᑎᑯᐢᑲᐠ ᓀᐢᑕ ᑫ ᑭ ᐊᑎ ᓄᓱᓀᐃᑲᑌᐠ᙮

The ancient peatlands of this region continue to serve as significant carbon sinks and have been cooling the whole earth for millennia. An immediate moratorium safeguards one of the few remaining intact boreal peatlands and protects both us and the generations that follow.

Watersheds Under Threat

Thousands of approved and pending claims for exploration already exist in the Ring of Fire. Together these claims present a high likelihood of cumulative environmental, cultural, and social impacts to the boreal and James Bay lowlands region and its Indigenous peoples.

Image credit: Noront

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Casework: Mining Justice and Indigenous Rights

Jennifer Wabano, Head of Omushkegowuk Water Council,
Mike Koostachin, Friends of the Attawapiskat River,

The Statement is supported by the following organizations & individuals:


Canadian Environmental Law Association
Canadian Environmental Network
Canadian Friends of Peace Now
Clean North
Committee for Future Generations
East Coast Environmental Law
Ecology Ottawa
Endangered Ecosystems Alliance
Forest Grove United Church
Friends of the Attawapiskat River
Innisfil Environment Group
Jesuit Office for Justice, Ecology and Indigenous Relations
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests)
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network
MiningWatch Canada
Nature Canada
North Bay United Church (Indigenous Solidarity Team)
Ontarians for a Just Accountable Mineral Strategy
Ontario Headwaters Institute
Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action
Planet Haliburton
RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs)
Rising Tide Toronto
Seniors for Climate Action Now!
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
St. Matthew’s United Church (Richmond Hill)
The Wilderness Committee
Toronto 350
Villa St. Joseph Ecology & Spirituality Centre
West Coast Environmental Law
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
Wildlands League
Omushkegowuk Women’s Water Council
World Wildlife Fund Canada
York Region Environmental Alliance


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