SSM – Aboriginal Youth Information Session about NWMO Adaptive Phased Management Plan

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On February 27th, 2016 the Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal People (OCAP) will be hosting an Aboriginal Youth Information Session at the Indian Friendship Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. The event will be held to inform Aboriginal youth about the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) Adaptive Phased Management plan. This plan for the long-term care of used nuclear fuel emerged from dialogue with Canadians and experts, and in 2007 was selected by the federal government.   By inviting Aboriginal youth to this information session, OCAP is doing its part to ensure that NWMO’s plans are known and there is an opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns. This event is not a consultative process for the purpose of justifying an infringement on Aboriginal, Treaty or Title rights, or satisfying the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal peoples.   “OCAP, along with NWMO is hosting a respectful, accessible and inclusive event so that our youth are well informed about plans for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. We’ve been using electricity generated by nuclear power reactors and it’s important for us to deal with the used nuclear fuel,” said Brad Maggrah, OCAP President. The purpose of NWMO is to develop and implement collaboratively with Canadians, a management approach for the long-term care of Canada’s used nuclear fuel that is socially acceptable, technically sound, environmentally responsible and economically feasible. The NWMO was created in 2002 by Canada’s nuclear electricity producers. Ontario Power Generation Inc., NB Power Nuclear and Hydro-Québec are the founding members, and along with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, fund the NWMO’s operations. The NWMO operates on a not-for-profit basis and derives its mandate from the Federal Nuclear Fuel Waste Act, which came into force in November 2002.   OCAP is an affiliate member of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, which has represented the rights and interests of off-reserve Status and non-Status Indians and Métis since 1971. [author ]About OCAP We are an advocacy organization in Ontario that represents the rights and interests of off-reserve Aboriginal peoples (Métis, Status and non-Status Indians) living in urban, rural and remote areas throughout the province. OCAP is an incorporated, not-for-profit, and membership based coalition of Aboriginal peoples in Ontario. We are an affiliate member of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and we ensure that the views and interests of our Ontario constituency are recognized and heard at CAP Board of Directors meetings, caucuses and assemblies.[/author]

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