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Indigenous company says battery recycling could ease mining tensions between First Nations, Ontario – Financial Post

May 03, 2023

Three Fires Group says recycling may eliminate need for mining and disturbing lands

An Indigenous company that inked a deal with a Toronto-based miner to recycle battery metals said a greater emphasis on recycling could help alleviate tensions related to mining claims between Ontario and First Nations.

Three Fires Group, a company that represents a number of First Nations in southwestern Ontario including Caldwell First Nation, the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, agreed May 2 to supply Electra Battery Materials Corp. with “black mass,” an industry term for expired lithium-ion batteries that have been shredded and have had their casings removed.

“The recycling of critical minerals through batteries is an opportunity to not only create a circular economy but to avoid the need of mining so many of these critical minerals and disturbing lands like in the Ring of Fire,” said Reggie George, the company’s executive director of special projects and partnerships.

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