Webequie Supply Road obtains final approval of terms of reference

WEBEQUIE PN – The Webequie Supply Road (WSR) is a 107 km all-season road from the Webequie First Nation Airport to mineral exploration activities and proposed mining developments in the area. The purpose of the supply route is to enable the community to benefit from it by helping the year-round movement of supplies, materials and people from the Webequie First Nation airport to activities. exploration and future mining developments.

Chief Cornelius Wabasse of the Webequie First Nation said, “The Webequie First Nation is pleased to receive final approval today of the Terms of Reference for the proposed Webequie Supply Road Project. This announcement allows the project to move forward towards an environmental assessment.

In collaboration with the project’s technical team, Webequie First Nation has put a lot of effort into working with our members, other First Nations and interested public stakeholders to develop this detailed work plan for the next assessment. environmental. We remain committed to taking a First Nations-led approach to this assessment; one who defends the principles of our community, values ​​the contributions of others and supports our responsibilities in environmental stewardship.

As this is the first environmental assessment in Ontario to be led and led by a First Nation, the approval of today’s mandate is an important announcement for the people of Webequie. We look forward to starting the many studies and consultation activities that will allow us to make informed decisions regarding a potential route in our territory. We appreciate the Government of Ontario’s commitment to support planning for key community infrastructure that has the potential to have positive socio-economic impacts in the region.

At this point, we don’t know if Webequie First Nation will decide to build a road, but we are generating the information needed to inform those future decisions. Ultimately, it will be a community decision made by the residents of the Webequie First Nation whether or not to proceed with the construction of a supply road after the environmental studies and impact assessments are completed.

We thank everyone who has contributed and participated in the process to date. Your contributions have been invaluable in ensuring that our mandate is comprehensive, collaborative and focused on priorities.

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