August 20, 2014 05:43 pm
Mushkegowuk Council Sets Ring of Fire Business Case
MUSHKEGOWUK HOMELANDS - The Mushkegowuk Council has announced they will coordinate the development of their business case in support of a Ring of Fire rail, sea port, fibre-optic, and energy transportation corridor through an Aboriginal-led-alliance. “We now have the experience, people, credibility and knowledge to take an active role in leading the development of infrastructure corridors. We have learned from our mistakes and we have the confidence from our successes” said Deputy Grand Chief Leo Friday.
Deputy Grand Chief Leo Friday, on behalf of Mushkegowuk Council, announced to the Matawa Council of Chiefs at their annual general meeting on July 31st, 2014 that Mushkegowuk is fully supportive of Matawa’s interests in the Ring of Fire.
Mushkegowuk Seeks Matawa Agreement
In the spirit of our joint declaration between Matawa and Mushkegowuk Chiefs, Mushkegowuk Council offered the Matawa Council of Chiefs to jointly develop sustainable infrastructure opportunities to unlock the economic potential of the Ring of Fire while safeguard ing the historic rivers of the Matawa and Mushkegowuk homelands.
For example; Mushkegowuk’s Moose Cree First Nation and Taykwa Tagamou Nation have negotiated equity partnerships in power generation stations.
Mushkegowuk’s member communities of Attawapiskat , Fort Albany and Kashechewan own Five Nations Energy which in turn, owns an established transmission corridor, roughly 100 kilometres from the easterly limits of the Ring of Fire.
Mushkegowuk homelands are ideally located across the Bay from one of the world’s most inexpensive sources of electric power.
Furthermore, Mushkegowuk owns Western James Bay Telecom that has an existing fibre-optic line to Attawapiskat from Moosonee.
Past studies have shown that James Bay could be considered a prospect for a seasonal seaport. If a rail option were to be developed from the eastern corridor of the Ring of Fire to a seasonal seaport, this could bring investment certainty and positive economic benefits to many resource related projects in northern Ontario.
The Deputy Grand Chief, Council of Chiefs with the support of the technical staff, professionals of the Mushkegowuk Council and professional public infrastructure advisers now have the task of developing and implementing action and work plans in support of the business case and a possible alliance with Matawa Council of Chiefs.
August 20, 2014 06:54 pm
So they want a rail line to James bay. Doesn't bod well for KWG!!!
August 20, 2014 06:58 pm
Now it becomes a fight between Mattawa FN and this group.
August 20, 2014 07:32 pm
there is a line up to moosonee already (ONR) line.
want a line to the ROF so as to bring it by rail by ONR lines and to a port in moosenee.
August 20, 2014 07:53 pm
There is Aline to Moosenee from the Cochrane area but it's a light rail/ passenger line.Moosenee is in a very shallow part of the bay. Churchill is a deep water port but has a shorter season than every other port in Ontario
August 20, 2014 08:49 pm
As the crow flies 496 KMS ... No nat gas ... Not enough electricity ... Seasonal port plan
Seems someone does not want to be in left field 500 KMS out of the picture
sums this up with more KMS out of one way and chromite pricing does not have these luxuries of all the wish lists
i believe all these parties NEED TO BE REALISTIC ... The mineral only fetches so much (it not gold ) http://www.airmilescalculator.com/distance/ymo-to-ywp/
August 20, 2014 09:10 pm
In 2011 it was high on the wish list of the area dream of a deep water port
port of moosenne
need of repairs
many large bucks to ever transform into a deep water port
so just how or whom pays for this added feature let alone the fighting over a route ???
wow ! http://ports.com/canada/port-of-moosonee/