The overall goal of the NWMO Aboriginal Dialogue is to create the needed foundation for a long-term, positive relationship between the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.

Specific Objectives are:
  1. To build effective working relationships with the national Aboriginal organizations by supporting and working with them as they conduct their dialogue processes on the long-term management of used nuclear fuel; and integrating the results of their work into NWMO deliberations;

  2. To build effective working relationships at the local and regional scale by supporting and facilitating local dialogue processes should they be desired and in a way that is coordinated with activities being led by the national organizations;

  3. To generate specific commentary from an Aboriginal perspective on the deliberations of the NWMO as summarized in the three milestone discussion documents: (1) Asking the Right Questions? - Fall, 2003; (2) Understanding the Choices - September, 2004; and (3) Choosing a Way Forward - Draft Final Report - Spring, 2005 within a time frame that ensures Aboriginal ideas, insights, wisdom and values are factored into the final NWMO recommendation to government;

  4. To document the input of Aboriginal peoples to NWMO deliberations as a means of ensuring: (1) that Aboriginal ideas, insights, wisdom and values have contributed to the development of NWMO's final recommendation to government; (2) that they are available over the long term as part of the foundation needed for continuous learning.
As reports of those dialogues are made available, they will be posted here.

11.1 National Organizations

11.1a Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

11.1b Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP)

11.1c Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)

11.1d Metis National Council (MNC)

11.1e Native Women's Associaton of Canada (NWAC)

Through 2008 and 2009, a project was developed with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) to promote the meaningful and constructive input of Aboriginal women in the implementation of Adaptive Phased Management. Through the NWAC Environmental Roundtable a “toolkit” was developed to facilitate involvement of Aboriginal women in engaging on community issues in their role as stewards of the environment and in, particular, in discussions on nuclear waste management. The toolkit “Finding Your Voice: Environmental Toolkit for Aboriginal Women” was developed for NWAC through graduate students in environmental studies at Dalhousie University with guidance from NWAC and support from the NWMO.

11.1f Pauktuutit Inuit Women's Association

11.2 Local / Regional Organizations

11.2a Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC)

11.2b Eabametoong First Nation, Fort Hope, Ontario

11.2c East Coast First People's Alliance 

11.2d Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

11.2e Northern Saskatchewan Reports

11.2f Ontario Métis Aboriginal Association (Ontario affiliate of CAP)

11.2g Sakitawak Metis Society, Northwestern Saskatchewan

11.2h Union of New Brunswick Indians

11.2i Western Indian Treaty Alliance (WITA)

11.3 Elder's Forum

Throughout the Aboriginal Dialogue there has been a consistent call to bring Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge to bear as an equal partner to "western science". Early on in its process, the NWMO convened a Traditional Knowledge Workshop from which emerged a set of insights that informed early activities of the NWMO.

The process of bringing Aboriginal Elders and their knowledge into deliberations is recognized to be a long-term and continuous one. As one step in this continuing process, the NWMO convened an Elders' Forum in Ottawa, August 25 - 27, 2005. The results of the Forum are summarized in this report.

11.4 Aboriginal Dialogues on the Draft Study Report

11.5 NWMO Reports

Building Relationship, prepared by the NWMO, is intended to provide a summary of the programs supported by NWMO and run by local, national or regional organizations. Visitors to this website are encouraged to view the individual reports provided to the NWMO by Aboriginal organizations, all of which are published on this website.

A summary of Choosing a Way Forward has been translated into several Aboriginal languages. These translations are available below.