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Treaty 3 agreement with nuclear waste management group criticized by some leaders, elders – CBC

Treaty #3 says it still opposes nuclear waste storage in its territory

Oct 11, 2022

An agreement signed between Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT#3) and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has raised the ire of some First Nation leaders and elders in the territory.

Treaty #3 passed a resolution last Wednesday at its chiefs assembly in Lac Seul First Nation to renew what it describes as an ongoing relationship with the organization – which is working to develop a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants.

But the chief of Ojibways of Onigamiing First Nation, Jeff Copenace, criticized the agreement and accused the organization of not being transparent in how it was brought forward.

The text of the agreement wasn’t even circulated at the meeting until a chief requested it, Copenace said.

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