The NWMO has signed a new Learn More Agreement with Grand Council Treaty #3, the traditional government of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3, which includes Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation (WLON). The agreement was developed following discussions over the past two years. It is designed to support several initiatives, including their efforts to help ensure that their members have access to the information they need to develop an informed point of view about Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel, and the potential for it to be hosted in the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area.
Over the past decade, Learn More Agreements have been instrumental to support learning and dialogue as part of the site selection process and underscore the importance of continued and meaningful engagement with the communities involved.
The NWMO looks forward to ongoing engagement with Grand Council Treaty #3 community members, Chiefs, Knowledge Keepers, youth, and others. This project continues to be shaped by many views and will only proceed in an area with a suitable rock formation that can meet strict safety requirements, and with informed and willing hosts working together to implement it.
The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process from 22 communities that originally expressed interest in learning and exploring their potential to host the project: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.