Engagement is one of the five fundamental values that guide the work of the NWMO. Involving interested Canadians and Aboriginal peoples at all stages is critical to meeting the challenges of the long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

We work to build sustainable relationships with interested communities, individuals and organizations. These include communities in study areas that expressed interest in learning about the project, First Nation and Métis communities in the area, neighbouring communities, and young people who one day will assume responsibility for the management of Canada’s used fuel.

An early milestone was the collaborative design of a nine-step process to select a site. In May 2010, we began step one of this process by initiating a broad program of community engagement. The goal was to provide information, answer questions, and build awareness of Canada's plan and the siting process itself.

Dialogue, collaboration and shared decision-making help ensure that Adaptive Phased Management continues to respond to the values and concerns of Canadians.