For more than 30,000 years the water of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence have sustained the first people of the land.
Under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, indigenous people must be consulted when there are plans that would affect them, the land and the water.
Canada endorsed the Declaration last year, leaving America as the only country that has not signed the agreement. Yet last year as plans were being made to ship nuclear waste from Bruce Power through the Great Lakes, down the St. Lawrence River and across the Atlantic Ocean to Sweden, no tribal governments were included in discussions or consulted about the approval.
After the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission gave approval on February 4 for the first of four shipments of 64 decommissioned steam generators through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) met and discussed the failure to consult with them.
COO, a federation representing 133 First Nations, stated in their We Are The Land Declaration: “What we do to the land — we do to ourselves, and to our future generations…We draw from sacred law, traditional law, customary laws — we need to protect the lands, the waters and all living things for future generations.”
In recognition of World Water Day COO launched the video “Water is Our Life Source.”
The U.S. has yet to approve plans for the shipment.
Sign the petition urging authorities to stop the shipment of radioactive waste through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.
Read more: bruce power, canada, chiefs of ontario, coalition for a nuclear free great lakes, dot, environment & wildlife, Indigenous Rights, nirs, nuclear energy, radioactive waste, studsvik, sweden, u.s.
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