Responsible Resource Development in Coastal Regions a Priority for Timmins’ Mayor
This Friday, December 3, Mushkegowuk Chiefs will sit down with Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford and Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks David Piccini in an historic meeting to discuss the future of development and sustainability in the James Bay and Hudson Bay coastal regions. The meeting is being facilitated by Mayor George Pirie as an extension of the City’s commitments outlined in the Mushkegowuk Timmins Relationship Agreement.
Mushkegowuk Chiefs from Missanabie Cree, Chapleau Cree, Taykwa Tagamou, Moose Cree, Kasechewan, Fort Albany, and Attawapiskat First Nations will join Mushkegowuk Executive Director Ernest Beck, Deputy Grand Chief Rebeca Friday, Mushkegowuk Marine Region Manager Lawrence Martin, and Mushkegowuk Director of Lands and Resources Vern Cheechoo, for the purpose of establishing a treaty round table and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ontario government and Mushkegowuk in regards to responsible resource development.
The City of Timmins agreement with Mushkegowuk outlines the need to foster positive economic outcomes from resource development activities that benefit both Timmins and Mushkegowuk communities. It is in this spirit that Mayor Pirie will lead a discussion that will include an update on conservation projects, including the National Marine Conservation Area Feasibility Study.
“I am thrilled to be hosting this meeting,” says Mayor Pirie. “It affords an opportunity for collaborative discussion and problem-solving. We know that there is a rich and diverse landscape of natural resources in the coastal region and we have a shared responsibility to not only protect the environment, but assist the Mushkegowuk Council in fostering a relationship with the Ontario Government that is mutually beneficial. It is an honour to bring this distinguished panel of guests together and lead what I hope is a robust conversation.”
Following the meeting on December 3, the City of Timmins will provide an update on the discussion and meeting outcomes.