Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) Community Access Road

January E-Blast 2024
Current and upcoming activities

Welcome to the MFFN Community Access Road January 2024 E-Blast with updates on current and upcoming activities.

This E-Blast features:

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Happy New Year!

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Building a sustainable and thriving community is our vision at Marten Falls First Nation.

We've always aspired to connect our remote northern community to the Ontario provincial highway network. This road project is more than infrastructure; it's about securing a better future for our people.  We're taking proactive steps, not just for today but for seven generations ahead, focusing on self-determination and responsible development while conserving our traditional territory.

— Chief Bruce Achneepineskum

Climate Change Adaptation & Upcoming Webinars

We are pleased to announce MFFN CAR’s upcoming Webinar Series to kick off the New Year, and will include Climate Change Adaptation, Cumulative Effects, and Engineering and Construction.

Join us live for the Climate Change Adaptation and the Community Access Road webinar that will look at the future climate to ensure the Community Access Road is prepared for and can withstand the future climate. It will take place on Thursday February 8, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Register for the webinar here.

Curious about what we are studying for the community access road? Check out the previous webinar on the route selection process here and watch your inbox for updates on upcoming webinars. Follow us on Facebook and visit the website for details.

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Upcoming Winter Field Studies

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Field Studies will continue in 2024. These programs are designed to better understand the existing conditions of the local environment and potential effects of the MFFN Community Access Road. The following programs will occur between February and May 2024, with exact dates being provided once confirmed:

  • Conclusion of Atigwag / Caribou Collaring Program
    In 2021, 30 radio tracking collars were placed on atigwag / caribou within the Local Study Area. The radio tracking collars have been collecting information about the seasonal migration of atigwag / caribou throughout the region over the past three years and are timed to automatically fall off in February 2024; any collars that do not fall off as intended will be manually removed and retrieved by researchers in February / March of 2024. A specially trained caribou capture team will be deployed to manually remove the collar without harming the animal. Collars that drop off will be retrieved between February and July 2024.

View the full notice here.

To learn more about the studies taking place to support the planning of the Community Access Road, check out the existing conditions reports and field program noticesvalued component videos and past webinars.

*Timelines and programs are approximate and may shift; we will provide updates as required.

We Value Your Feedback

Please contact us at any time with questions or comments, or to schedule a meeting. Meetings can be arranged in-person in any community, in the Thunder Bay area, or online. We want to hear what you have to say!

Questions or comments? Contact us at 1-800-764-9114 or


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