Northern Saskatchewan can breathe a little bit easier since November 21st 2013, when Pinehouse and English River First Nation were released from the grip of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). Since 2010, the administrations of those two communities had been in site selection process with NWMO to bury millions of highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods – the waste product of nuclear reactors – which is exponentially more radioactive than the uranium taken out of the ground.
NWMO’s presence was unknown to many in the north until May 9, 2011, when a regional Elders Circle convened south of Pinehouse at Muskwa Lake for the stated purpose of finding solutions to youth suicide, was instead hijacked by paid, local NWMO liaisons who promoted nuclear waste storage as the answer to suicide. Ten Elders immediately got up and left, breaking the circle. As a result of this desecration, two weeks later…
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