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  • RAINY RIVER RESOURCES LTD.

    INDIVIDUAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT RAINY RIVER GOLD PROJECT

    PROPOSED TERMS OF REFERENCE - DRAFT

    RECORD OF CONSULTATION

    Prepared by:

    AMEC Environment and Infrastructure a division of AMEC Americas Limited

    160 Traders Blvd., Suite 110 Mississauga, Ontario

    L4Z 3K7

    May 2012 TC111504

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  • RAINY RIVER GOLD PROJECT Individual Environmental Assessment Proposed Terms of Reference - DRAFT, Record of Consultation Page i

    TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE

    1.0 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 1

    2.0 SUMMARY OF CONSULTATION PRIOR TO THE DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE .. 32.1 Early Consultation Goals ....................................................................................... 32.2 Consultation Activities prior to the Draft Terms of Reference ................................ 3

    2.2.1 Stakeholders and Aboriginal Communities Engaged ................................ 32.2.2 Stakeholder Engagement and Meetings .................................................... 42.2.3 Aboriginal Community Engagement and Meetings .................................... 5

    2.3 Results of Consultation Activities to Date .............................................................. 8

    3.0 STAKEHOLDER AND ABORIGINAL PARTICIPANTS ................................................. 113.1 Identification of Stakeholders and Aboriginal Participants ................................... 113.2 Municipal Government ........................................................................................ 113.3 Aboriginal Communities and Organizations ........................................................ 123.4 Business, Organizations and Non-governmental Organizations ......................... 123.5 Provincial Government ........................................................................................ 123.6 Federal Government ........................................................................................... 13

    4.0 NOTIFICATION ABOUT THE TERMS OF REFERENCE REVIEW ............................... 15

    5.0 PUBLIC ACCESS TO REVIEW DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE .............................. 17

    6.0 GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE ................................. 19

    7.0 GENERAL PUBLIC MEETINGS / OPEN HOUSES AND COMMENTS ........................ 19

    8.0 ABORIGINAL MEETINGS / OPEN HOUSES AND COMMENTS .................................. 19

    9.0 ADDITIONAL REQUESTS AND COMMENTS ............................................................... 19

    10.0 SUMMARY OF ISSUES AND INTERESTS.................................................................... 19

    11.0 OUTSTANDING CONCERNS ........................................................................................ 19

    12.0 REFERENCES ................................................................................................................ 21

    LIST OF TABLES

    Table 1: Local First Nations ....................................................................................................... 10

    APPENDICES Appendix A: Draft Terms of Reference Direct Recipients

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  • RAINY RIVER GOLD PROJECT Individual Environmental Assessment Proposed Terms of Reference - DRAFT, Record of Consultation Page 1

    1.0 INTRODUCTION Rainy River Resources Ltd. (RRR) is a Canadian gold exploration and development company whose primary focus is developing a gold resource located in the Township of Chapple, approximately sixty-five kilometres northwest of Fort Frances in northwestern Ontario. The Rainy River Gold Project (RRGP) is an advanced stage gold exploration project situated primarily on private lands. RRR is pursuing environmental approvals for the development of open pit and underground gold mine on the property. In consultation with the regulatory agencies, Rainy River Resources has entered into a Voluntary Agreement with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to conduct an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the RRGP in accordance with the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. In support of this process, Rainy River Resources is issuing this draft Record of Consultation as part of a voluntary, draft Terms of Reference (ToR) submission to facilitate on-going public consultation on the Project. It should not be viewed as a comprehensive listing of all consultation activities to date related to the RRGP. The Ontario Environmental Assessment Act requires that the proponent prepare a proposed ToR. The proposed ToR provides a framework to guide the preparation of the Environmental Assessment (EA), which requires approval by the Minister of the Environment. If approved, the approved ToR will serve as the framework for preparing the EA Report. A Record of Consultation is required under Section 6(3) of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, whereby a "description of the consultations by the proponent and the results of the consultations" in preparation of the proposed ToR, must accompany the ToR submitted to the Minister of the Environment. This document comprises the draft Record of Consultation that will be finalized prior to submission of the proposed ToR. It summarizes consultation activities related to the ToR and EA processes for the RRGP as required by the Code of Practice for preparing ToR (MOE 2007). A Consultation Plan has been prepared (and is included as part of the draft ToR issued separately) to guide consultation activities in the preparation and review of the proposed ToR and the EA document. This Record of Consultation provides a description and outcomes of the consultation activities that occurred to date and that will occur in the preparation and review of the draft ToR for the RRGP. This Record of Consultation will be updated to reflect consultation activities and the outcomes / public feedback arising from these activities and will be submitted in a completed format for review with the proposed ToR.

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    2.0 SUMMARY OF CONSULTATION PRIOR TO THE DRAFT TERMS OF REFERENCE 2.1 Early Consultation Goals Since taking over the property in 2005, RRR has engaged the local communities as well as First Nations and Mtis community members about exploration and development plans. RRR believes that in order to be successful it needs to effectively engage the local communities. The primary focus of the consultation to date has been to introduce the Company, to inform citizens of the status of the exploration and future mining-related activities, and to provide information regarding future consultation opportunities. To demonstrate commitment to local communities, RRR opened a community office in Emo, Ontario in August 2010 and maintains an open door policy whereby community members may drop by during office hours to learn more about the project and share their views. RRR also maintains an office in Thunder Bay, Ontario. RRR has taken a number of steps to develop positive and mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities to date, including the Fort Frances Chiefs Secretariat (FFCS; representing seven First Nations, Table 1), Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing (Big Island) First Nation, Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy River) First Nation and the Mtis Nation of Ontario (MNO). 2.2 Consultation Activities prior to the Draft Terms of Reference 2.2.1 Stakeholders and Aboriginal Communities Engaged Stakeholders, and First Nations and Mtis engaged by RRR prior to the issuance of the draft ToR include:

    Municipal Government: Township of Chapple, Township of Morley, Town of Emo and Town of Fort Frances;

    First Nations and Mtis: Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing (Big Island) First Nation, Couchiching First Nation, Lac La Croix First Nation, Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy River) First Nation, Mitaanjigamiing (Stanjikoming) First Nation, Naicatchewenin First Nation, Nigigoonsiminikaaning (Nicickousemenecaning) First Nation, Rainy River First Nation, Seine River First Nation and Mtis Nation of Ontario;

    Business and Community Interests: Rainy River Future Development Corporation, Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, Natural Resources Advisory Committee, Rainy River District Stewardship and Resolute (formerly AbitibiBowater);

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    Provincial (Ontario) Government: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources (including the International Rainy River Water Pollution Board), Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Transportation; and

    Federal Government: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (and other departments through their lead).

    Stakeholders involved in the RRGP during early consultation i