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First Nations rally in Thunder Bay against nuclear waste storage – Penticton Herald

May 13, 2024

The First Nations Land Defence Alliance and its supporters rallied in Thunder Bay against the storage and transportation of nuclear waste in northern Ontario on Tuesday, April 30.

The township of Ignace, two-and-a-half hours from Kenora, has been engaged in a process with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to determine if they should host Canada’s first deep geological repository for nuclear waste.

The Land Defence Alliance is opposed to radioactive waste storage in the north and is concerned about the risks of transportation accidents and long-term leaks. The alliance, which is composed of the Ojibways of Onigaming, Grassy Narrows, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI, or Big Trout Lake), Wapekeka, Neskantaga and Muskrat Dam First Nations, officially said “no” to the project on March 1 in a news release.

Speakers from Onigaming, Grassy Narrows, KI and Gull Bay First Nation, which is not currently a member of the alliance, were present at the rally.

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