On Saturday, May 28th, 2016, the Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples (OCAP) will be hosting an Information Session at Monique’s Restaurant in Blind River, Ontario from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event will be held to inform Indigenous peoples in the Blind River area concerning:
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s (NWMO) plans for the long-term care of used nuclear fuel and the process being implemented to identify an informed and willing community to host the project.
There will also be a presentation concerning: The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that Métis and non-status Indians are all Indians under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867.
Ron Swain, Vice Chief of the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada, formerly known as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, will be making a presentation on the Daniels decision. Ron is a veteran of the Indigenous movement having served as the founding President of the Métis Nation of Ontario; President of the Ontario Métis Aboriginal Association; and President of the Ontario Métis Non-status Indian Association. The Daniels case is an important new development in the history of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples and the impacts will be profound.
By inviting Indigenous peoples in the Blind River area to attend this information session, OCAP is doing its part to ensure that the NWMO’s plans are known. During this information session, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns. This event is not a consultative process for the purpose of justifying any infringement on Aboriginal, Treaty or Title rights, nor satisfying the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal peoples.
“OCAP, along with NWMO, is hosting a respectful, accessible and inclusive event so that Indigenous peoples 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 OCAP President, Brad Maggrah.
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 Indigneous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada, which has represented the rights and interests of off-reserve Status and non-Status Indians and Métis since 1971.