Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel will be implemented over many decades. Given the long time frames associated with implementing Adaptive Phased Management (APM), engaging youth is an important consideration. We continue to explore various activities and outreach programs to help young people learn about and be involved in the implementation of APM. 
Photo shows two young kids playing with blocks and cards indoors.

Children building robots at the Hornepayne library

We support initiatives in various youth activities ranging from education and cultural initiatives to community well-being and sports. On science learning programs in particular, we have partnered with Science North, SHAD, and Scientists in School to deliver activities and workshops to young people. 

Over the years the NWMO has engaged young people in various activities, including:

  • Involving youth in social research and dialogue activities
  • Involving Indigenous youth in engagement initiatives and forums
  • Providing presentations to post-secondary students in relevant disciplines
  • Building understanding of, and fostering opportunities for, youth in potential host communities and regions
  • Sponsoring initiatives that help young people develop science-related skills

Youth Roundtable (2009–2010)

In 2009, the NWMO convened a Youth Roundtable to advise on how we might better reach young audiences. It included 16 participants aged 18 to 25.

The work of the Rountable in 2009 involved three face-to-face meetings, as well as online discussions, conference calls, and interviews with peer groups. Four Roundtable members attended an Advisory Council meeting on May 27, 2009, to present their recommendations.

We reviewed the Youth Roundtable's recommendations and developed a response that both reflects our priorities and the input received from the youth.

In September 2010, we reconvened the Youth Roundtable for a final meeting. We presented an overview of efforts taken to date to address their recommendations. The youth commented on the actions of the NWMO and provided us with additional considerations.