Junes 2 is a special day at the hearings for the Chalk River Mound.
It is the day the Commission will consider Indigenous issues. Five Algonquin First Nations delegations will address the tribunal. The Five Algonquin First Nations intervening are; Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Kebaowek First Nation, Wolf Lake First Nation, Mitchikanibikok Inik Algonquins of Barriere Lake. All five of the Indigenous delegations are coming to Pembroke to make their interventions. The Indigenous presentations will begin at 9:00 am. One Non-Indigenous delegation, The Kitchisippi Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians will also intervene.
Here is the schedule for tomorrow:
9:00 Smudging Ceremony9:30 Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation
10:45 Kitigan Zibi Anishinabe (Elder Verna McGregor)
Drumming (Mitchikanibikok Inik Algonquins of Barriere Lake)
Kebaowek First Nation,
Wolf Lake First Nation,
Mitchikanibikok Inik Algonquins of Barriere Lake.
Kitchisippi Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians
Please join us in the hearing room for part or all of the day, if you can!
We are suggesting that you bring a piece of paper with FPIC on it for Free Prior Informed Consent, which refers to the requirement under the UN Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for states to ensure that no storage or disposal of hazardous materials shall take place in the lands or territories of indigenous peoples without their free prior and informed consent.
We may hold up our signs at certain points during the hearing. The aim is to quietly and respectufully show our support for our Indigenous friends and allies. Some of us will put signs with FPIC on our cars while they are parked at the hotel.
If you can’t join us in person, please send one or more messages to decision makers to let them know that five Algonquin First Nations say they have not been adequately consulted and do not support the proposal to build the giant radioactive waste mound on their unceded territory. For more info and sample messages start here.
Photo below of Kitchi Sibi September 20. 2019