Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) requires year round road access to its community. MFFN has a winter access road, but its condition varies making transportation of goods and people to and from the community unreliable; ultimately impacting the community’s well-being. To address the problem of unreliable access, MFFN is initiating a community-led Environmental Assessment (EA) process for an all season access road to the community. MFFN—as the Proponent—under leadership of MFFN Community Advisors and MFFN Chief and Council will shape plans for this important development.
Why is a Community Access Road needed?
The proposed all season road will connect the community to Ontario’s provincial highway network in the south, providing year round access to this remote First Nations community and helping foster economic development and improved quality of life for community members.
Better access will allow:
- Reduced transportation costs for goods and services; meaning more affordable food, fuel and other vital supplies and services;
- Enhanced access to emergency, health and social services;
- Increased opportunity for training and jobs for First Nation people and businesses during planning and construction; and
- Increased opportunity for local sustainable economic development.
Marten Falls First Nation has already signed a voluntary agreement with the Province of Ontario to complete the Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) for their new access road. This road may also be subject to the Federal Environmental Assessment process. Learn about the Environmental Assessment process. The EA process will determine the preferred route for the access road and identify benefits, potential impacts and impact management strategies to be considered throughout the Project.
MFFN kicked-off the EA process by issuing of a Notice of Commencement of the Terms of Reference (see links below) and Notice of Public Information Centres.
About the Community
Marten Falls First Nation is a remote First Nation community with a reserve located in the Far North of Ontario, at the junction of the Albany and Ogoki Rivers, approximately 170 km northeast of Nakina, Ontario and Aroland First Nation. Marten Falls First Nation has a registered population of 794 people.
This EA is community-led; meaning that the MFFN community, under leadership of MFFN Community Advisors and MFFN Chief and Council, is leading and shaping plans for this important initiative.
Throughout the EA process, MFFN—with support from technical experts—will engage with interested persons, including neighbouring Indigenous communities and the public, so that input is considered when making decisions related to the design and development of the community’s new all season access road.