Ottawa police called after Eagle Staff seized during Congress meeting, dispute over CAP entanglement with NWMO

APTN National News | The former national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) was detained by Ottawa police after he tried to seize the organization’s Eagle Staff during a meeting in Ottawa on Saturday.

Kevin Daniels, who was national chief of CAP in 2009, said he wanted to take the Eagle Staff back and “burn it” because it had been “tainted” by the current leadership of the organization.

Daniels made the move to take the Eagle Staff on Saturday during CAP’s morning annual general assembly session at the Marriott Hotel’s ballroom after he took the microphone to challenge CAP’s current National Chief Robert Bertrand over his claims to Indigenous ancestry and dealings with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).

“I began my questioning of national leader Robert Bertrand and I asked him a simple question of how much money the (NWMO) was giving this organization,” said Daniels, who originally brought the Eagle Staff to CAP. “I called for his genealogy, I called for his resignation…. I walked up and said, ‘I’m retrieving it, it’s tainted. I grabbed the Eagle Staff and was walking out and was cornered by about 50 people.”

Daniels managed to grab the staff and ended up in a backroom off the ballroom where he remained until Ottawa Police arrived. After Ottawa Police ran his name they discovered he had an outstanding warrant with police in Gatineau, Que., said Daniels.

Ottawa Police Const. Chuck Benoit confirmed Daniels was detained and handed over to Gatineau police on Saturday. He said the police reports from the incident included mention of an Eagle Staff.

“He was apprehended for that warrant and the rest of the information can only be given by Gatineau Police,” said Benoit.

Gatineau Police confirmed the arrest, but did not provide information on the warrant.

Daniels said the warrant was for an assault charge stemming from an incident near Indigenous Affairs’ Gatineau head-quarters when a woman accused him of knocking off her glasses. He said Gatineau police held him overnight and released him on Sunday on a promise to appear at this next court date in January 2018.

Former CAP national chiefs Sen. Patrick Brazeau and Kevin Daniels walk together in 2009. Photo courtesy of Mark Taylor.
Former CAP national chiefs Sen. Patrick Brazeau (left) and Kevin Daniels walk together in 2009. Photo courtesy of Mark Taylor.
Daniels said his battle with CAP is far from over.

“There has been a lot of lateral violence, a lot of greed and corruption within this organization that has been going on for a long, long time,” he said.

APTN contacted Brad Darch, executive assistant to Bertrand, seeking comment. Darch said Bertrand, a former Liberal MP, was in meetings and wouldn’t be available for an interview until Tuesday.

APTN followed up requesting a statement on the Eagle Staff incident and the organization’s dealings with NWMO, but received no response.

CAP says it represents off-reserve and non-status Indigenous peoples.

According to financial documents released by CAP during their annual general meeting, NWMO gave CAP $119,000 for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

NWMO also sponsored the meeting, according to a spokesperson for nuclear waste organization.

NWMO is currently trying to find a location to store used nuclear fuel and has whittled down potential sites to seven from an original list of 22.

“As part of our ongoing work to identify a single preferred location with informed and willing hosts, we frequently interact with Aboriginal people, communities, treaty and political organizations, such as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples,” said NWMO spokesperson Bradly Hammond. “As we have done in previous years, we had the honour of being among the sponsors of the annual general assembly in Ottawa. This was an excellent opportunity to provide an update about our project, the site selection process and our ongoing engagement with Indigenous people.”

CAP also received about $4.5 million from several federal departments in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, including from Indigenous Affairs. Human Resources and Skills Development and Status of Women Canada.

Roger Fleury, a former Green Party federal candidate and chief of the off-reserve Algonquins of Fort-Coulonge, Que., was in attendance at the meeting when Daniels attempted to seize the Eagle Staff.

He said he is concerned with how Bertrand is running CAP and his dealings with NWMO.

“We have a major problem,” he said. “I agree with Kevin Daniels, who had the nerve to go up there and grab the staff. There is something wrong with this.”

Audrey Redman, a residential school survivor, stepped outside the ballroom when the Eagle Staff incident unfolded.

Redman said she was upset with how events were handled and believes Bertrand needs to be clear about his Indigenous ancestry.

“That is the big question. When he asked about genealogy, they just booed, there was a big row over that,” she said. “What was the problem with that? Don’t we, as Native people, have a right to know? Everybody else has a right to that. We want to know who is a First Nations person. We only know by your bloodline and where you come from.”

Bertrand’s biography on the CAP website is silent about his Indigenous ancestry.

Sen. Patrick Brazeau, who was national chief of CAP from 2006 until he left for his Senate appointment in 2009, attended the organization’s meetings last Friday. Brazeau said he heard many delegates questioning Bertrand’s Indigenous roots.

“I did have a lot of delegates approach me and asking me if I knew Bertrand personally and about his ancestry,” said Brazeau. “Delegates were requesting his ancestry and it poses some problems. I have no opinion on it. I am no longer part of the organization.”

Brazeau said he was “sad” to see the current state of CAP.

“I worked hard and I dedicated a lot of time to raise the profile of the organization and now it seems to be a ghost organization,” said Brazeau. “You don’t hear about it very often and I find it unfortunate for the constituency of CAP. Things could be fixed, but we’ll wait and see.”

National News | September 26, 2017 by Jorge Barrera Attributed to: jbarrera, as posted at

CNSC completes review of CNL’s draft environmental impact statement; La CCSN termine l’examen de l ’ébauche de l’énoncé des incidences environnementales des LNC

News Release

From Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

August 31, 2017 – Ottawa, ON

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) staff recently completed their technical assessment of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) for the proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility. The CNSC, as the responsible authority, is carrying out a federal environmental assessment (EA) pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).

As the responsible authority, the CNSC has identified a number of areas where additional information will need to be included in the final EIS and other technical supporting documentation. CNSC staff’s assessment is reflected in a series of comments that have been consolidated with those of other federal authorities participating in the review, given their expert information or knowledge in relation to the project (Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada and Natural Resources Canada). The consolidated table of federal comments, which lists almost 200 information requests and comments, has been submitted back to the project proponent, CNL, for action.

The French and English version of the federal comments table for the NSDF project have been posted on CEAR. The links are as follows:

· English Documents CEAR Page (Comments Received / Responses) – (Document Link – Doc #151)

Next steps

CNL must now address all federal and public comments received, and submit a final EIS to the CNSC. The CNSC will then make a determination on whether the information provided in CNL’s submissions is complete. Should further information be required, the proponent will be requested to submit the necessary information until CNSC staff are satisfied with a final EIS. CNL is expected to submit its final EIS in January 2018.

Following receipt of a complete licensing submission and final EIS, CNSC staff will document their assessment and conclusions on the project. CNSC staff’s assessment and the EA report will be available to the public and Indigenous groups at least 60 days prior to the Commission’s public hearing, expected to take place in July 2018. The public will be offered the opportunity to submit written and/or oral interventions.

Quick Facts

· The Near Surface Disposal Facility is a proposed engineered disposal facility for radioactive waste planned for the Chalk River Laboratories site.

· The facility is planned to have an operating life of at least 50 years; as proposed, it would be an engineered mound built at near-surface level on the Chalk River Laboratories site.

· The proposed project would also include a wastewater treatment plant and supporting infrastructure.

Associated Links

Nicole Frigault

Environmental Assessment Officer, Technical Support Branch
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission / Government of Canada

Nicole.Frigault / Tel. : 613-995-7948

Agente en évaluation environnementale, Direction générale du soutien technique

Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire / Gouvernement du Canada

Nicole.Frigault / Tél. : 613-995-7948

La CCSN termine l’examen de l’ébauche de l’énoncé des incidences environnementales des LNC

Communiqué de presse

De Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire

31 août 2017 – Ottawa (Ontario)

Le personnel de la Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire (CCSN) a récemment réalisé un examen technique de l’ébauche de l’énoncé des incidences environnementales (EIE) des Laboratoires Nucléaires Canadiens (LNC) concernant le projet d’installation de stockage des déchets près de la surface. La CCSN, autorité responsable dans cette affaire, effectue une évaluation environnementale (EE) fédérale, conformément à la Loi canadienne sur l’évaluation environnementale (2012) (LCEE 2012).

La CCSN a d’ailleurs cerné un certain nombre de secteurs où des renseignements supplémentaires devront être ajoutés à la version finale de l’EIE et à d’autres documents techniques à l’appui. L’évaluation réalisée par le personnel de la CCSN est reflétée dans une série de commentaires qui ont été regroupés avec ceux d’autres autorités fédérales participant à l’examen en raison de leur expertise ou de leur connaissance à l’égard du projet (Environnement et Changement climatique Canada, Santé Canada et Ressources naturelles Canada). Le tableau des commentaires d’autorités fédérales (en anglais seulement pour le moment), qui contient près de 200 demandes d’information et commentaires, a été remis au promoteur du projet, LNC, aux fins de suivi.

Prochaines étapes

Les LNC doivent maintenant donner suite à tous les commentaires reçus des autorités fédérales et du public, puis soumettre à la CCSN la version finale de l’EIE. La CCSN pourra ensuite juger de l’exhaustivité de l’information fournie par les LNC. S’il manque toujours des renseignements, le promoteur sera tenu de soumettre l’information requise jusqu’à ce que le personnel de la CCSN juge le tout suffisant. On s’attend à ce qui les LNC livrent la version finale de l’EIE en janvier 2018.

Lorsqu’il aura reçu une demande de permis complète et une version finale de l’EIE, le personnel de la CCSN consignera par écrit son évaluation et ses conclusions concernant le projet. L’évaluation et le rapport d’EE du personnel de la CCSN seront accessibles au public et aux groupes autochtones au moins 60 jours avant l’audience publique de la Commission sur la question, prévue pour juillet 2018. La participation du public sera rendue possible par la présentation de mémoires ou d’exposés oraux.

Faits en bref

· L’installation de gestion des déchets près de la surface est un projet d’aménagement visant la gestion des déchets radioactifs sur le site des Laboratoires de Chalk River (LCR).

· Il est prévu que l’installation de gestion des déchets près de la surface aura une durée de vie d’au moins 50 ans; selon la proposition, elle serait composée d’un monticule artificiel construit près de la surface sur le site des LCR.

· Le projet proposé comprendrait une usine de traitement des eaux usées et des infrastructures de soutien.

Liens connexes

Nicole Frigault

Environmental Assessment Officer, Technical Support Branch
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission / Government of Canada

Nicole.Frigault / Tel. : 613-995-7948

Agente en évaluation environnementale, Direction générale du soutien technique

Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire / Gouvernement du Canada

Nicole.Frigault / Tél. : 613-995-7948