The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has rolled out a new Mobile Learn More Centre as a way to engage people around Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel, and our first stop was northern Ontario.
The Mobile Learn More Centre is bilingual and accessible, and includes 3D models, interactive technology, hands-on learning opportunities, videos, and photos. It invites visitors to learn how a deep geological repository will safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Community members in Manitouwadge on July 21 were the first to tour the Mobile Learn More Centre. Residents learned more about the multiple-barrier system, site selection process, radiation, Reconciliation, Indigenous Knowledge, and transportation.
Members of the community were excited to see the exhibit and learn more about Canada’s plan. “It’s phenomenal,” said Kent MacNeill, a resident of Manitouwadge who works in Sudbury.
“Everything was laid out nicely. Open concept with small informative boards,” said Kevin Gauthier, a community member.
The robotics program videos featured in the exhibit attracted the attention of young visitors.
“My kids were very interested and excited to see it [the Mobile Learn More Centre]. It’s their future,” said Karly Baillargeon, a community member.
Norman Sandberg, NWMO Relationship Manager, and Karen Robinson, NWMO Community Liaison Manager for Manitouwadge, were on hand to answer questions.
“The Centre tells the story of our project from the beginning to where we are now. It is interactive, self-directed and displays information on all five site selection communities,” said Ms. Robinson.
From Manitouwadge, the Mobile Learn More Centre travelled to Hearst and stopped at the Nord-Aski Regional Economic Development Corporation event on July 22. Additional stops were made in Constance Lake First Nation for an open house on July 23, and at a Hornepayne community barbecue on July 24.
“Overall, it was a very successful debut for the Mobile Learn More Centre. Many thanks to our communities for their support. It is a great tool to engage people about our project in an informal setting and interesting way,” said Mr. Sandberg.
The Mobile Learn More Centre will continue to travel across Ontario and Canada – from conferences to community, industry and corporate events – to better share the details of Canada’s plan.