Water is Our Life Source: Opposing the Transport of Nuclear Waste Through the Great Lakes

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.

Visit the Chiefs of Ontario and the Nuclear Information Resource Service for more information.

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Photo from a.graef


Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson6 years ago

Please see the article titled "America's Atomic Time Bomb" about the Hanford Nuclear Plant, here in my home State of Washington, as well! It will make you really want to stop the use of nuclear power, because it just cannot be used safely!

John E.
John E6 years ago

When nations produce nuclear waste, they should dispose of it in their own landscape. I know that this is equivalent to sh*tting in your own nest, but that is much more appropriate than contaminating other parts of the world.
A suggestion ... bury it under your parliament .....
Take responsibility for your own waste.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p6 years ago

i just hope the us doesn`t approve.

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez6 years ago

signed! thank you!

ivana prpic
ivana prpic6 years ago

Couldn't sign because I live in Europe. This is another example of Canadian barbarism ( seals, sled dogs, bears... who and what's next?). Wild polititians ignorant and stupid, shame on you!

Roxane Connor
Roxane Connor6 years ago

IF!! it makes it through the great lakes without incident then what? the North Atlantic ?Oh sure,no danger there.

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

This is exactly why there must not be any more nuclear plants built! Not only are they going to fail (nothing is perfect - it will happen someday) we don't know what to do with the stuff when we're done with it.
This doesn't take into account the human and ecological damage mining the stuff takes.

Diane Beeny
Diane Beeny6 years ago

If we learn nothing else from the horrors of Fukushima - and the dangers this disaster poses for the present and future safety of the health and ecology for everyone in the vicinity - Let us learn to err only on the side of CAUTION. Shipping these radioactive components in the Great Lakes poses an UNACCEPTABLE risk! We must always consider all "worst case" scenarios.

Jasmine Shalev
Jasmine Shalev6 years ago

HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM BP!?? something always always always ALWAYS will go wrong!

Athena C.
Athena C6 years ago

Is this a trick question? Transporting nuclear waste? Is this possible? Safely???