Commitments from OPG
We have worked hard to have the nuclear industry and government recognize our rights. In 2013, Ontario Power Generation committed to the SON that it would not build the DGR without our consent. This commitment culminated in the January 2020 vote on the proposed DGR, where the SON membership voted against OPG's proposed Deep Geologic Repository at the Bruce site. OPG has now withdrawn their proposed DGR and site from consideration.
OPG also committed to address legacy issues: the historical impacts of nuclear power generation on our Communities and our Territory. The commitments made are a significant victory for our nation.
Anishnaabekiing, Anishnaabe Inwewin, Anishnaabe Naaknigewin – Our Territory, Our Voice, Our Decisions
SON stewardship and nuclear issues community process has begun! Anishnaabekiing, Anishnaabe Inwewin, Anishnaabe Naaknigewin – Our Territory, Our Voice, Our Decisions is about informing, discussing, and gathering input from everyone, as well as developing solutions and making decisions to address the nuclear waste and legacy issues.
SON Joint Council has always said we must determine our own role and future within our Territory. When it comes to the nuclear waste problem, this especially true. Our exclusion from decisions on major projects within our Territory has had serious implications for our Communities and our way of life.
Major nuclear projects in the Territory - such as those at Douglas Point and the Bruce site - have impacted us and will continue to have an impact on us for many more years to come. We are not expecting to solve the problem, but we have an opportunity to try and improve the situation for our People and our future in our Territory.
Legacy issues involve the current and long-standing impacts that nuclear power production and the ongoing operations of Bruce Power have on our People and Territory.
The Saugeen Ojibway Nation was never consulted when the nuclear generating station was built in our Territory. Over the past fifty years, nuclear power generation in Anishnaabekiing has had many impacts on our Communities, and our Land and Waters, including the production and accumulation of nuclear waste. For decades now, the SON Joint Chiefs and Councils have been in discussion with the nuclear industry and governments regarding these concerns.