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The Premier of Ontario La premire ministre de lOntario

Legislative Building, Queens Park difice de lAssemble lgislative, Queens Park

Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1 Toronto (Ontario) M7A 1A1

May 10, 2017

Chief Dorothy Towedo Chief Rick Allen

Aroland First Nation Constance Lake First Nation

Chief Elizabeth Atlookan Chief Celia Echum

Eabametoong First Nation Ginoogaming First Nation

Chief Veronica Waboose Chief Bruce Achneepineskum

Long Lake #58 First Nation Marten Falls First Nation

Chief Wayne Moonias Chief Johnny Yellowhead

Neskantaga First Nation Nibinamik First Nation

Chief Cornelius Wabasse

Webequie First Nation

Dear Chiefs,

I wish to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to meet with
you on Monday, May 1, 2017.

We have worked together since signing the Regional Framework Agreement (RFA),
including three meetings since October 2016, to advance Ring of Fire developments in
a collaborative way that will bring benefits to all of us.

As I have emphasized to you in all three meetings, we want to be positioned to take

advantage of Ontarios proposals of financial support for infrastructure and related
development in the Ring of Fire region. Three years after signing the RFA, the time
has now come to make some decisions that will move us forward. This is especially
true when it comes to connecting remote communities to all-season road

At our meeting in October, you indicated to me that in order to advance progress on

roads, a new table was required to work through concerns related to jurisdiction;
namely road ownership and governance, permitting, and land management. This table
was created immediately following that meeting, with senior representation from my
government, and it is my understanding that this group has been making progress
discussing approaches to joint decision-making and that an immediate, interim
approach for mineral exploration permits is now being considered.


On May 1, we discussed the need to continue the jurisdiction discussions and I was
clear about our intention to do so, but these discussions need to continue in parallel to
the RFA negotiations and in particular, progress on transportation infrastructure. My
government announced $1B to support infrastructure into the Ring of Fire three years
ago and if we are going to deliver on that we can delay no further. We should not
squander the opportunity to build all-season roads and set the stage for future social
and economic growth for communities that are supportive.

We have not achieved much of the progress on road and infrastructure development
that we had hoped for under the RFA over the past three years. While I continue to
hope progress can be made, I am prepared to continue to advance discussions with
those First Nations that would like to pursue transportation infrastructure, through our
bilateral processes.

We need to see meaningful progress in weeks, not months, and I look forward to being
updated in the very near future.

Please accept my best wishes.


Kathleen Wynne

c: The Honourable Bob Rae

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci

The Honourable Bill Mauro

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

The Honourable David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

David De Launay
Deputy Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Deborah Richardson
Deputy Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

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