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Ignace Open House Provides Opportunity for Community Input

Image shows two women looking over maps, while seated at a table.

April 23, 2018

Ignace, Ont.

Image shows two women looking over maps, while seated at a table.

Residents in the Township of Ignace recently reflected on the values and principles that will guide more detailed discussions with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) in the future.

Ignace and the NWMO are now at the point of beginning discussions to explore what it would mean if the Adaptive Phased Management project were implemented in the Ignace area, and how it might be configured to fit with community and area priorities and objectives.

Ultimately, Ignace's participation in the project will only proceed with the involvement of the township, Indigenous communities, and others in the area working in partnership to implement it. 

“These community conversations are intended to help set the groundwork for these discussions,” said Jo-Ann Facella, NWMO’s Director of Community Well-Being, Assessment and Dialogue. “Values and principles are important because they will guide the way Ignace and the NWMO work with each other during more detailed conversations about the project.”

Once the values and principles are established, the next step would involve exploring the details of the individual facilities associated with the project and where they could be located in the area.

Ignace is one of the communities learning about the used nuclear fuel project and exploring the possibility of the community and area hosting the deep geological repository and Centre of Expertise, which are part of Canada’s plan. None of the communities have committed to hosting the project.

About the NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.

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