The BNA Road Access Project

The BNA Access Road Project involves the improvement of the current access road - called "Copper Thunderbird Road" - from the entrance of the BNA Industrial Park, into Phase 1 Housing. It will include the development of a new road from the end of Phase 1 Housing back to the Cultural Road, and connect back to the main Copper Thunderbird access road. There is approximately 5 km of road that will be improved/developed as part of this Project. The Project involves the development of the Papasay Pit just north of the community in order to produce 2" minus gravel for the road fill, the removal of trees in the right-of-way and widening to MTO First Nation Roads Program specifications, ditching, and bringing up the road base with aggregate.  One culvert will be replaced at a shallow creek which eventually becomes the Black Sands River.  BNA will ensure that all applicable Ministry environmental guidelines for culvert replacement work are reviewed and that all suitable mitigation measures are followed.  BNA will also make sure that MNRF and DFO requirements are met. 

Latest update

July 17, 2020 - Indigenous Services Canada issued its notice of determination ( ) and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
3 Notice of Determination for The BNA Road Access Project - July 23, 2020
2 The BNA Road Access Project - July 17, 2020
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - February 28, 2020


Indigenous Services Canada
Aaron Pervais, Environmental Officer
100 Anemki Place, Suite 101
Fort William First Nation, Ontario P7J 1A5
Telephone: 807-624-5921
Fax: 807-623-3536

  • Location

    • Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Highways and Roads
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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