'We will not be bought off' | North Bay Nugget: Is a Marshall Plan needed? No. Rather, our First Nations and Ontario need to collaborate on a new, long-term vision of human and environmental life that can incorporate wise industrial development. Let's work together on that.
As the chief of Eabametoong First Nation, I write from a remote community of roughly 2,500 members, with about 1,400 living on-reserve approximately 400 km north of Thunder Bay.
Eabametoong First Nation has been referenced in multiple news stories lately. These stories have outlined a number of tragic losses throughout our winter.
In particular, we suffered a suicide in February, the loss of an infant earlier last month, and one of our members falling victim to a homicide just over two weeks ago. I write from the context of social crisis. This is something that has been documented, but rarely from the perspective of community leader who is facing so much local pain and difficulty, while navigating tremendous pressure for industrial development nearby.
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