GRASSY NARROWS, Ontario — An alliance has been formed between four northern First Nations to create a united front on land protection issues. …The four First Nations are “forming an alliance to protect their lands and waters in the face of mounting concerns about mining exploration companies who have been enabled by the Ford Government’s pro-industry stance,” according to the alliance. …“In 2002, Grassy Narrows people… succeeded in removing the world’s largest newsprint company and in preventing all logging since 2008. It added that since 2018 the number of mining claims on Grassy Narrows land has “exploded to around 4,000 mining claims.” Grassy Narrows has called on Ontario to respect Grassy Narrows’ 7,000 sq km Indigenous Protected Area and to withdraw the area from mining and logging activity. “But the Ford government continues to allow “free entry” staking and is proposing to open up part of it to renewed clearcut logging,” the alliance stated.