Marten Falls First Nation cancelled the Emerging Business Conference.
“We didn’t like how it was being handled by the company that was handling it,” said Marten Falls Chief Eli Moonias. “We’re just going to ask the companies interested to come and see us here.”
Moonias said any visits to Marten Falls, which is a remote fly-in community located about 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, would have to be organized by the companies.
“That’s up to them,” Moonias said. “Nothing is happening there (Ring of Fire) without our agreement. If they know that, they should come and see us.”
The Emerging Business Conference, scheduled for Aug. 11-12 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay, had been billed as a “rare and unique” opportunity for companies to meet face-to-face with Moonias.
Education sessions on the cultural and legal requirements of doing business with First Nation communities had also been scheduled during the conference.
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