Lac Seul First Nation

Lac Seul First Nation

July 12, 2011 05:00 ET

Lac Seul First Nation Opposes Nuclear Waste Storage Within Traditional Territory

LAC SEUL FIRST NATION, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2011) - Chief Clifford Bull and the Council of the Lac Seul First Nation have announced that the Lac Seul Band will not support any nuclear waste storage initiatives by regional municipalities within the LSFN traditional territory.

"We are aware that the towns such as Sioux Lookout, Ignace and Ear Falls have either expressed or are expressing their interest as potential host repository sites for nuclear waste, in response to the recent call for Expressions of Interest by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization," said Chief Bull. "We borrow this world from our children, and Lac Seul does not want to create an impossible problem for our future generations to struggle with."

Lac Seul First Nation stands with the Grand Council of Treaty 3, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and many Northwestern Ontario First Nations in opposing the potential development of nuclear waste storage sites. "This is not a matter of consultation and accommodation for Lac Seul. This is a matter of opposition," stated Chief Bull.

Lac Seul is located approximately 38 km northwest of Sioux Lookout. Lac Seul First Nation has a large base, which is bounded to the north and east by the Lac Seul reservoir, and is comprised of four on-reserve communities: Kejick Bay, Canoe River, Whitefish Bay, and Frenchman's Head. Lac Seul First Nation is the oldest First Nation in the Sioux Lookout District of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (formerly Indian and Northern Affairs Canada). The reserve was established pursuant to Treaty 3, through adhesion in 1874.

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