TORONTO – Retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci has been appointed Ontario’s lead negotiator in talks with the Matawa Tribal Council over resource developments in the Ring of Fire.
Iacobucci, who was a Supreme Court judge from 1991 until his retirement in 2004, will report directly to Michael Gravelle, Ontario’s minister of northern development and mines. Sitting across the negotiating table from Iacobucci will be former Liberal MP Bob Rae, representing the Matawa Tribal Council.
Immediately after the announcement was made, Noront Resources president and interim CEO Paul Parisotto said in a statement, “Mr. Iacobucci is a highly respected and experienced negotiator who has worked successfully with First Nations communities in the past. We look forward to his counsel and collaboration as we move ahead on this very exciting opportunity for the region.”
Noront is testing two projects in the Ring of Fire: the Eagle’s Nest copper-nickel PGM-Cr deposit and the McFaulds Lake nickel-copper-PGM deposit. (NorontResources.com)
Cliffs Natural Resources of Cleveland, ON, has suspended environmental assessment of the other advanced project in the Ring of Fire, the Black Thor chromite deposit. (CliffsNaturalResources.com)