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Ring of Fire

More than minerals at stake

The “Ring of Fire” is a mineral resource region located in the far north region of Ontario about 540km northeast of Thunder Bay and 1,000km north of Toronto.

The area is defined by the size and shape of its extensive mineral deposits (and the permitted mineral claims) covering up to 5,000 square kilometres.

Why it matters

  • The Ring of Fire could turn into a mega-project, defined as a large-scale, complex venture that typically costs $1 billion or more, takes many years to build, involves multiple public and private stakeholders, is transformational, and impacts millions of people. A project like this can profoundly transform the region's environment and economy.
  • The region's ecological values are unique and in some cases globally significant - it's part of the largest, intact boreal forest in the world, one of the largest peatland and wetland complexes in the world, and a habitat for species at risk like caribou, wolverine, and lake sturgeon.
  • This region is a homeland to Indigenous Peoples, First Nations who have lived on the land and kept its lands, waters, wildlife, rocks, minerals, and other relatives healthy and abundant since time before memory. The Ililiwak, Ininiwak, Inninuwug, and Anishinaabeg Nations are the only population living in the region and as the stewards of the land, retain deep connections and jurisdiction over the future of the region – its protection and development.

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Stories and op-eds

More than minerals at stake in Ontario’s claim-staking boom
2023-12-19

More than minerals at stake in Ontario’s claim-staking boom

With a click of a mouse, mining interests have laid claim to more than 72,000 square kilometres of land in northern Ontario over the last five years.
Constance O'Connor
WCS Canada comments on Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy, to Natural Resources Canada
2022-09-23

WCS Canada comments on Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy, to Natural Resources Canada

Perpetuating current approaches and proceeding with an “extraction first” mentality is going to have massive climate consequences.
Justina Ray
Hasty development of Ontario’s Ring of Fire could have devastating impacts
2020-02-27

Hasty development of Ontario’s Ring of Fire could have devastating impacts

The current wave of protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en is about respecting Indigenous rights, but also about responsibility — our collective responsibility to protect increasingly endangered ecosystems and some of Canada’s most intact natural areas.
Justina Ray, Cheryl Chetkiewicz

Media coverage

Treasure, conflict, and survival in Canada’s peatlands

“They are always seen as desolate wastelands: full of bugs, wet, you can’t access them, nothing of value in them,” says Lorna Harris, a peatland scientist working for Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. “And I think we need to change that.”
2023-03-04 | Global News