THUNDER BAY, ONT. — The Marten Falls First Nation has announced the launch of an environmental assessment (EA) process as part of Ontario provincial government support for a community access road from the First Nation going south to existing provincial highways in the vicinity of Aroland and Nakina in northwestern Ontario.
A recent statement said the Marten Falls chief and council are currently organizing the necessary resources to begin the project and are confident it will deliver good outcomes for the community and the region.
“As the project commences over the summer, Marten Falls will begin a process of collaborative planning with neighbouring First Nations and communities to ensure that the project incorporates their thoughts and ideas in a meaningful way,” the pre-election statement indicated.
Marten Falls First Nation has entered into a voluntary agreement with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to undertake the EA.
The statement said the all-season road to the community can be extended to the Ring of Fire, connecting the First Nation to natural resource development opportunities.
Addressing the provincial election, the statement recognized the support of the subsequently defeated premier Kathleen Wynne and said, “It is the sincere hope of Marten Falls that the newly elected provincial government, regardless of their political party, will continue to support this essential project and work collaboratively with Marten Falls First Nation towards the development of the region.”