Indigenous reps oppose 10-year licence extension for Chalk Labs operation

By Stephen Uhler, Ottawa Citizen, January 26, 2018

PEMBROKE — Three representatives of Indigenous communities voiced strong objections Thursday at the last session hearings by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on a proposed 10-year extension to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories operating licence.

The Aboriginal representatives said they never wanted nuclear activities on their territories in the first place, nor were they ever consulted about it.

Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee, Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, told the CNSC panel the nation does not support the extension, saying there has been no meaningful consultation, and they cannot accept the risks associated with the storage and transportation of radioactive waste.

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