Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation Hosts NWMO Open House

A woman looks at the open house module on interweaving Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge.

March 3, 2016

By the NWMO

A woman looks at the open house module on interweaving Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge.

More than 50 people attended an open house in January in Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation where local youth, Elders and community members had the opportunity to explore the NWMO's interactive exhibit. 

Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation invited the NWMO so that community members could learn more about Canada's plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. 

"We appreciated being invited to share information about Canada's plan, and the opportunity to interact with and hear feedback from the community," said Ray Hatfield, NWMO Senior Engagement Advisor, Aboriginal Relations.  

Staff from Sagamok Anishnawbek's Lands, Resources and Environment department were on hand to assist community members. Participants spoke with NWMO specialists, asked questions and shared their thoughts about the project. 

Elder Grace Manitouwabi, a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek Council of Elders and the NWMO Council of Elders, shared a prayer to start off the open house, as well as a closing prayer when the event ended. The opening prayer was followed by a song performed by Rebecca Toulouse and Darcy Trudeau from the Biidaaban Girls Hand Drum group. NWMO staff were honoured by a travelling song at the end of the event, sung by Fabian Southwind and arranged by Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation.

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