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The NWMO Statement on Learn More Agreement with Grand Council Treaty #3

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October 6, 2022

Toronto, Ont.

By the NWMO

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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.

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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The NWMO is a not-for profit organization established in 2002 by Canada's nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA).

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