UOI OFFICES, NIPISSING FN, Jan. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Anishinabek Nation Grand
Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says that First Nations in the
Anishinabek Nation Territory have been opposed to nuclear waste storage
sites since 2004.
"We always hear non-Native communities saying they don't want certain
projects or developments in their backyard. Well, First Nations don't
want nuclear waste in our backyard," says Madahbee. "Representatives
from Chiefs in Ontario have been attending information sessions held by
the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and this is not the proper
consultation we are entitled to."
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
states that no storage or disposal of hazardous materials shall take
place in the lands and territories of Indigenous Peoples without free
and prior consent.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is federally mandated
to assume responsibility for the long-term management of Canada's used
nuclear fuel. A Deep Geological Repository Program is seeking
long-term storage for Canada's growing amount of high-level spent
nuclear fuel bundles.
Since the Nuclear Industry started using nuclear reactors to produce
electricity in the early 1970s, they have accumulated about two million
spent fuel bundles, a number that could fill six NHL-sized hockey
Three of the five sites in Northern Ontario involved in NWMO's 10-year
selection process - Wawa, Horne Payne and Schreiber - are in
Anishinabek Territory. Elliot Lake, Blind River and the Township of
North Shore have also expressed interest in becoming storage sites.
Historical uranium mining and processing within Anishinabek Nation
Territory has resulted in significant and long-term consequences not
only to the environment, but also to the people who live and thrive off
the land and waters for their livelihoods.
The Grand Council Chief said there is absolutely no guarantee that the
Government, Industry or NWMO can provide assurance that a natural
hazard such as an earthquake, volcanic activity, rock fracture,
corrosion, ice age or any other naturally- occurring disaster can be
avoided - only their unproven scientific theory.
NWMO is offering to provide a Jan. 26-27 all-expenses paid junket for
journalists to participate in an "information-sharing" exercise in
Toronto and Ottawa, including a tour of the Pickering Nuclear
Grand Council Chief Madahbee said Anishinabek Nation Resolution 2010-30
declared that our communities were united in their opposition to both
export of nuclear waste and deep geological nuclear waste disposal.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE Anishinabek Nation
For further information:
Union of Ontario Indians
Phone: (705) 497-9127 (ext. 2290)
Cell: (705) 494-0735
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