Ontario Newsroom

Training Opportunities for First Nations in Ring of Fire

Archived News Release

Training Opportunities for First Nations in Ring of Fire

McGuinty Government Strengthening Economy, Supporting Communities

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is investing in training and development projects that will support jobs and improve the quality of life for First Nations communities in the Ring of Fire.

New projects will focus on providing social, community and economic development supports to First Nations to help them participate in potential Ring of Fire developments. Training and development areas include:

  • Heavy equipment operation
  • Pre-employment trades training
  • General Educational Development preparation

Investing in Northern Ontario is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help every Ontarian succeed.

Quick Facts

  • A one-time investment of $3.1 million will provide skills training and community governance and capacity building in six First Nation communities.
  • Webequie First Nation will host Mining for Non-Miners training, a two-day course that will teach up to 30 First Nation participants about mining from early discovery to mine closure.
  • The Ring of Fire is one of the most promising mineral development opportunities in Ontario in almost a century.
  • The Ring of Fire is located about 540 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.

Background Information

Additional Resources


“I am pleased to visit Eabametoong First Nation today to highlight our government’s investments in training and skill development opportunities for First Nation communities in the Ring of Fire. We are working with First Nations to ensure that benefits from the development of the Ring of Fire improve their quality of life in Ontario.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“Our government is continuing to invest in Ring of Fire communities to ensure they benefit fully from proposed mineral developments. Investments like this one help Ontario deliver on its commitment to develop meaningful social and economic supports for Ring of Fire communities which will help drive growth, promote job and skills training opportunities and improve quality of life now and in the future.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Demand has exploded in the North for people ready to fill jobs. Ontario’s young and fast growing Aboriginal population can play a key role in meeting the increasing demand for skilled labour in the Ring of Fire area.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The projects and partnerships announced today are part of the initial stages of building capacity in the First Nations that are situated in the Ring of Fire. As development occurs across the Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory we will need continued investment and support from government as our treaty partners to grow the First Nation economy in the remote north and benefits that will be shared across the entire region.”

Grand Chief Harvey Yesno

Nishnawbe Aski Nation



Jobs and Employment Rural and North Aboriginal People