Marten Falls First Nation Starts Blockade on Ring of Fire

THUNDER BAY – Noront Resources Ltd. advises that it has received a notice on January 25, 2010 from the Marten Falls First Nation seeking the immediate termination of all exploration activity by all companies currently operating in the Ring of Fire, James Bay Lowlands, Ontario. The requested work stoppage, according to a media release issued by the company, “apparently results from a dispute between Marten Falls and KWG/Fancamp on the consultation process required prior to the construction of their new exploration camp located on Koper Lake. Noront has no relationship with KWG/Fancamp or the new camp”.

“To date there have been no protests interfering with Noront’s exploration activities. Noront has 50 people currently working in our Esker Camp, 20 of whom are self identified members of First Nation communities from Northern Ontario. We intend to continue with our activities and providing employment for our staff and contractors”.

Noront states, “The Ontario government has been informed of our decision to continue work on site. In addition, Noront has offered to participate in negotiations with any combination of Government, Marten Falls and industry in discussions that would help resolve this dispute”.

The Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry has not issued any public comment on the situation.