Nuclear Waste Concerns on the Agenda at Survival Celebration Camp This Week

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August 12, 2013.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Northern and southern Saskatchewan residents will be gathering for the Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth this week, August 15 to 19, at the Paspiwin Cultural Heritage Site inside the Prince Albert National Park.

Dene, Cree, Métis and other residents from northern communities affected by the participation of Pinehouse, English River First Nation and Creighton in the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)’s site selection process will highlight their concerns and opposition to a deep geological repository in the province.

“Saskatchewan is at a critical juncture right now,” said Candyce Paul, a member of the English River First Nation. “NWMO hopes to decide whether the three Saskatchewan communities will move forward to the next step in the siting process by the end of the year. It is critical that we take a stand to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Northerners will be joined by residents from southern and central Saskatchewan and others from as far away as BC, Alberta and Ontario for presentations and discussions on nuclear waste transportation routes, uranium mining, the nuclear fuel chain and renewable energy technology. Talking circles, workshops, strategy brainstorming and campfire music jam sessions will take place throughout the family-friendly, alcohol and drug free event.

“Everyone is welcome to join us, even if they just want to stop by for a coffee and ask questions,” said Committee for Future Generations co-founder and Beauval resident Debbie Mihalicz. “These issues affect us all, north and south, east and west. Radiation knows no boundaries. It’s time to unite to protect the water that runs through all of our lands.”

Opening prayer ceremonies will officially mark the beginning of the gathering on the morning of Friday, August 16 and a feast will be held on Sunday, August 18 to celebrate the gathering’s closing. Participants are being asked to bring their own tents, chairs, bedding, camping equipment, food and musical instruments. The Paspiwin Cultural Heritage Site is located in the southeastern corner of the Prince Albert National Park. Access is via highway #263 from Christopher Lake or #240 from Shellbrook.

“The Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth at Paspiwin, which is located just south of the Prince Albert National Park’s south entrance kiosk, is a first for the Paspiwin site,” said Bryan Lee, president of the nearby Fish Lake Métis local. “Covering roughly 210 hectares, the site was a former buffalo paddock that was managed by the park. The Cree word ‘Paspiwin’ was chosen by the late William Ermine, an elder from Sturgeon Lake First Nation. The English translation, in short, is ‘Survival.’”

For more information, contact:

Candyce Paul, 306-288-3157

Debbie Mihalicz, 306-288-7933

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