Métis awarded Federal funding to participate in Bruce Power new build hearing process



    KINCARDINE, ON, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO)
has received funding from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to
facilitate Métis engagement in the on-going Joint Review Panel assessment of
an application from Bruce Power to begin site preparation for future
construction of a nuclear reactor generating station in Kincardine, Ontario.
    "The funding will enable the MNO to work with its Community Councils and
the over 3,000 Métis citizens it represents in the Bruce, Grey and Simcoe
counties to become involved in the review of Bruce Power's application for a
New Nuclear Build," said Gary Lipinski, MNO President.
    Lipinski added, "The potential effects of this New Nuclear Build on Métis
rights, interests and way of life in the region must be determined, considered
and addressed. This funding will allow the regional rights-bearing Métis
community that lives in and uses this territory to begin its important work to
ensure appropriate consultation takes place."
    This announcement builds on the recently signed Regional Consultation
Protocol between the MNO President and Métis leaders in the region. The
Protocol sets out a process for consultation with the regional rights-bearing
community in the Georgian Bay traditional territory, an area that encompasses
roughly the counties of Bruce, Grey and Simcoe.
    Métis community meetings on the New Build Project will be held over the
next few months. As well, mail outs on the New Build Project and the Joint
Panel Review process will be sent to Métis citizens over the summer.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Hank Rowlinson, MNO
Manager Community Relations at 1-800-263-4889.

    The MNO represents Métis citizens and communities throughout the province
of Ontario. For more information about the MNO and its consultation and
accommodation related activities visit: www.metisnation.org/consultations.




For further information:

For further information: Hank Rowlinson, Manager of Community Relations,
1-800-263-4889, hankr@metisnation.org


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