Pic Mobert First Nation to Join Earth Week Rally to Oppose Nuclear Waste Storage in White River

Written by Chief Johanna Desmoulin
Monday, 20 April 2015 11:07

Pic Mobert First Nation (PMFN) has been independently learning about the Nuclear Waste Management Organizations (NWMO) Deep Geological Repository (DGR) Site Selection Process and has come to the conclusion that we do NOT want to see nuclear waste storage in our traditional territory and we continue to stand in unity with the Anishinabek Nation Resolution No. 2010/30 regarding Environmental Protection Against Nuclear Waste.

As you are aware I (Chief Joanna Desmoulin) had sent letters to the NWMO and copied the surrounding communities of White River, Hornepayne and Manitouwadge about our opposition and continue to be ignored on this stand. To peacefully raise awareness that we continue to hold our position, we are joining in unity with Concerned Citizens in White River to demonstrate that we do NOT want the White River and Area to be host to all of Canadas high level nuclear waste.

In February 2015 PMFN passed a Band Council Resolution stating that the PMFN opposes the NWMO operating within their traditional territory, that the White River, Hornepayne and Manitouwadge Municipalities have erroneously represented themselves for potential host communities because the repository sites would be located outside of their municipal boundaries and within the traditional territory of the PMFN, and they have done so without the informed consent of the PMFN.

The NWMO continues in the DGR site selection process at Step 3, Phase II with White River, Hornepayne and Manitouwadge Muncipalities in which they plan to conduct airborne geophysical studies this week, as I heard it on the local CFNO radio station this morning.

Please join in the Nuclear Waste Demonstration Saturday, April 25, 2015 starting at 10:45 a.m. We will be meeting in White River on Highway 17 West at the SPG owned empty lot (the old Beaver Tourist Centre, home of 10,000 gifts) and walking down to Catz Restaurant parking lot to Rally until 3:00 p.m.

Please wear yellow and bring your signs in support, “WE SAY NO TO NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE”.

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