Committee for Future Generations Celebrates Victory!

Media Release

March 4, 2015

Creighton is the last of three Saskatchewan communities to be dropped from a years-long process of site selection with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) for burying millions of highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods. Pinehouse and English River First Nations were eliminated in 2014.

“I am happy and thankful this is over. I can forget and forgive all the mean and cruel things said and done,” stated Creighton resident, Nadine Smart. “I have a sense of peace and relief, yet I’m sorry that nine (Ontario) communities are still fighting this. Nuclear waste should not be buried anywhere; it has to be kept above ground where it can be monitored, forever. This whole process is full of deception, money and bribes.”

Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, within whose traditional territory the proposed deep repository would have been located, issued a Band Council Resolution in May of 2014 against nuclear waste and any promotion of its storage and transportation. PBCN maintained that jobs forecasted by NWMO were not worth the risk of radiating the water and land for future generations. Over 60% of the eligible voting population in Pinehouse and English River had also signed a petition against nuclear waste.

The Committee for Future Generations formed in May 2011 after Max Morin of Beauval was invited to an Elders gathering near Pinehouse, where he discovered NWMO representatives promoting nuclear waste storage as the solution to youth suicide. Ten Elders immediately rose and walked out. It was the first time Morin had ever seen a Sacred Circle broken. “People need to keep educating themselves on the hazards of the nuclear fuel chain and on the way the industry deceives the public for its own gain. We cannot take for granted that corporations are working for our best interest. Grassroots is powerful. We need to push our leaders to invest in energies and economies that are sustainable, like solar, wind and geothermal. We have the knowledge and the means to do it.”

Eliminating Saskatchewan from nuclear waste storage also cancels any chance of reprocessing plutonium taking place in the province. “Who would have thought a few little Indians would have the power to knock down a giant?” reflected CFFG founding member, Fred Pederson from Pinehouse, another community whose administration was paid to engage with NWMO in site selection process. “This is what happens when people stick together and fight for what they believe in, against terrorism of our land.”

“No industrial corporation or government has the right to manipulate the true spirit of Aboriginal stewardship,” emphasized  CFFG member  Marius Paul of English River First Nation. “The process that NWMO is following to secure a burial site for the most lethal waste product on earth is still the same systematic oppression that Aboriginal peoples have faced since the beginning of colonialism.”

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Media Contacts

Nadine Smart, Creighton, Saskatchewan:  204-687-6549

Candyce Paul, English River First Nation: 306-288-2079

Nuclear solutions to climate change are anything but

nuke plant“Beyond the operation of the reactor, the nuclear fuel cycle includes the mining, milling, processing, enrichment, fabrication and transport of the uranium-based fuel — each step is energy intensive and greenhouse pollution rich.”

Read Gregg Levine’s great piece for Al Jazeera America on “why nuclear power is a terrible way to deal with climate change” here.

Plaintiffs ponder next move after lawsuit against Cameco, Areva dismissed

plaintiffs imageThe plaintiffs in a lawsuit against a pair of uranium companies and the northern village of Pinehouse are contemplating their next move after the suit was dismissed.

“We’re currently reviewing the court’s ruling and we’ll soon gather everyone involved to come to a consensus, because we haven’t even been able to reach everyone yet on how we wish to proceed,” said Candyce Paul, a spokesperson for the 40 individuals and groups involved in the suit. “We have a little under 30 days left to file an appeal and if that is what is decided, we may do that.”

The suit was an attempt to nullify a collaboration agreement Pinehouse and the Kineepik Metis Local signed with Cameco Corp. and Areva Resources Canada Inc. in 2012.

Continue reading the article here.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation council passes ban of nuclear waste transport

“It’s dangerous. What happened in Chornobyl, eh? In Japan? They always say it’s safe, but accidents do happen.” ~ Opaskwayak Cree Councillor Edwin Jebb

on the river

“There will be no nuclear waste buried in Creighton, Sask., if a pair of First Nations get their way.

“Both Opaskwayak Cree Nation, which is near The Pas, and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, near Creighton, have passed bans on nuclear waste from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick passing through their traditional territory and being stored there.

“OCN passed its ban in a bylaw, known as a band council resolution, July 14.

“Creighton, which sits next to Flin Flon, agreed to stand as one of four sites in Canada that could eventually store radioactive nuclear waste.”

Continue reading Alexandra Paul’s article in the Winnipeg Free Press here.

Anxiety rising over proposed nuclear waste storage project

nuclear waste barrels“A spokesperson for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) said absolutely no final decision has been made.

“Mike Krizanc is responding to recent statements by two First Nations. The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and a Manitoba First Nation group are expressing their opposition to a nuclear waste storage facility being built in Creighton.

“The town is one of 14 Canadian sites being looked at for the project.”

Read more the full paNOW story here.

Northern band says ‘no’ to nuclear waste

eileenBrandishing a feather in her hand, Eileen Linklater announced her native band, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, is against bringing radioactive waste to the Flin Flon region.

“We don’t want (any) nuclear waste in our territory,” Linklater, a PBCN councillor, told officials studying the concept in May.

To say PBCN’s opposition complicates the potential of nuclear-waste storage in Creighton, Flin Flon’s sister community just across the Saskatchewan border, is an understatement.

Continue reading Jonathan Naylor’s excellent Winnipeg Free Press article here.