MOHAWK TERRITORIES, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mohawk Councils of Kahnawà:ke, Akwesasne and Tyendinaga have issued
the following statement:
The people of Akwesasne, Kahnawà:ke and Tyendinaga are steadfast in our
opposition to the planned passage of nuclear waste from the Bruce Power
facility through the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system. The
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on February 4th that it has approved the transportation of sixteen containers
containing used nuclear fuel sometime during the 2011 shipping season.
"We wish to make it clear that we are absolutely, 100% against this
plan," said Tyendinaga Grand Chief Don Maracle. "We have an obligation
to protect Mother Earth and her inhabitants. We would be derelict in
our duties if we turned a blind eye to this dangerous plan."
"The St. Lawrence River provides drinking water to some 40 million
people," said Kahnawà:ke Grand Chief Michael Ahrihron Delisle, Jr. "But
for us, it's much more than that. If there is an accident, there is no
place for us to go. This is our home. We cannot and will not tolerate
the passage of nuclear waste through our Territory. There is no excuse
for this to take place."
"It is disturbing that the CNSC has placed the interest of Bruce Power
before the concerns shared by our Mohawk brothers and sisters," said
Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell. "We were never
consulted even though the shipment is planned to pass through our
territorial waters. As a result, we condemn the Commission for
disregarding our concerns and our desire to protect our great waterway
for future generations."
We strongly urge the Commission to consider alternative plans to dispose
or store the nuclear waste. Our three communities have pledged to work
together to ensure the safety of Canadian, American and Indigenous
people in this matter.
SOURCE MOHAWK COUNCIL OF KAHNAWAKE
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