The NWMO responds

The NWMO Statement on Maclean's Article

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November 16, 2017

Toronto, Ont.

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On October 25, 2017, Maclean's ran an opinion piece, Dismantling the Indian Act and modernizing treaties is possible – and necessary by Mr. Ross Holden, who is identified as an employee of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). 

The opinions and arguments in this article were solely those of the writer and do not reflect the opinions, beliefs or policies of the NWMO.

At the NWMO, we’re responsible for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel in a manner that protects both people and the environment. Currently we’re working to identify a single, preferred location for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel, in an area with informed and willing hosts. 

To reach this goal we know we need constructive working relationships with First Nation and Métis communities, built on mutual respect and trust. This means respecting the rights of Indigenous peoples and incorporating  Indigenous knowledge into all aspects of our work.

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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