The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) was established.

NWMO is a not-for profit organization established in 2002 by Canada’s nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA). The founding members of the NWMO are Ontario Power Generation (OPG), New Brunswick Power Corporation, and Hydro-Québec (HQ). These organizations, along with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), are mandated to fund our operations.

NWMO is responsible for designing and implementing Canada's plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. The plan, known as Adaptive Phased Management, requires used fuel to be contained and isolated in a deep geological repository. It also calls for a comprehensive process to select an informed and willing host for the project…….. read more

Adaptive Phased Management (APM) is the name of Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel…….. read more


The town of Ignace expressed their desire to enter into NWMO's Adaptive Phase Management (APM) siting process.


The Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation (WLON) was invited by Ignace to participate in a "learn more" process given their close proximately to the study areas.

WLON's involvement was led by Chief Cantin, whose involvement focused on participating in the IGNACE COMMUNITY NUCLEAR LIAISON COMMITTEE (ICNLC) meetings.


The first Mini open house was held at WLON.

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WLON guided Environmental Field Workers.

WLON held ceremonies to protect the land and people.

WLON carried out different programs like Walking the Land, Oral History, 2 x Learning & Sharing Gathering, Ecological Integretiy Assesment, Cultural Verification, Cultural & Environmental Monitor.

Our liaison worker is participating in the monthly IGNACE COMMUNITY NUCLEAR LIAISON COMMITTEE (ICNLC) meetings.


A protocol agreement was signed between NWMO and WLON which allowed a round of engagement to begin.

The protocol agreement has provided a safe space for the relationship between NWMO and WLON to evolve.


WLON Translators provided translations for technical words not found in the Ojibway Language.


A WLON Elder was nominated to sit on NWMO's council of elders and youth.


WLON members attended the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) conference in New Brunswick.

Ken Nash (NWMO President and CEO) visited the



The project "Walking the Land" started with ceremonies and other events.


Esther Pitchenese was elected as the chief of WLON. Under her leadership the relationship continued to evolve in a positive diretion. Ceremony has been a key part of the decision making process for WLON.


Training on Radiation 101 was provided in a Community meeting.

Learn more tour was held at Darlington Nuclear power station.

Full open house was held



a comprehensive Traditional Knowledge program started to implement the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation Land-use-and-Occupancy Map Survey.


A 2 part GIS training for 10 community members was held.


Community Members went on a geology filed trip

with the geologists from NWMO .

Cultural awareness training for NWMO employees was held.

WLON hosted the first Learning and Sharing Gathering and invited all Treaty #3 communities.


WLON attended CNS conference on Nuclear Waste in Ottawa, Canada.


Community members attended a Tour of Darlington Nuclear power station and NWMO's Oakville Facilities.


The WLON Chief and the NWMO liason attended the International Conference of Geological Repositories in Paris, France.


WLON hosted the 2nd Learning and Sharing Gathering and invited all Treaty #3 communities.


Drilling of the 1st bore hole began. WLON has cultural and environmental monitors at the drill site 24/7.

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