Friday, July 22, 2011

Northerners Say No To Nuclear Waste in Saskatchewan - Group will walk to Regina

Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan
Painting of Mother and Child by local Dene Artist Marius Paul; graphics by local Dene Artist Candyce Paul and Cree Artist Max Morin. "Wanska!" is Cree for "Get up!" and "Nah-the-ruhn-dehl" means "Lift up your head, all of you" in Dene.
The Committee For Future Generations is a group from Northern Saskatchewan who are raising awareness about the possibility of a nuclear waste dump coming to this province.  Support from the north is building, and the group is demanding a province-wide ban on nuclear waste storage & transportation.

The Committee is planning an 820 km walk from Pinehouse to Regina beginning on July 27, 2011 to raise awareness of this issue.

There will be a Forum on Nuclear Waste in Pinehouse to kick off the walk on July 26, 2011.  The forum will feature Francois Paulette well known for his work to protect treaty and aboriginal rights in Canada having served on the National Indian Brotherhood Treaty Implementation Committee, Assembly of First Nations Renewal Commission & Parks Canada Aboriginal Consultative Committee. 

Francois recently invited Avatar director James Cameron to visit Fort Chipewyan in the NWT, a trip which produced the documentary "Tipping Point" aired on The Nature of Things.

“And lastly I just want to say the North doesn’t owe NWMO (Nuclear Waste Management Organization) or the government anything, we don’t owe them anything. They woke up this rock and transformed it and it went out of control on them, we don’t owe them anything to take this dangerous ore back here.” 

       - Max Morin, Committee for Future Generations, June 24, 2011

Here are a few things you can do to support this important campaign:

  • Read and circulate the Open Letter to the people of Saskatchewan.
  • Put up posters in your community & share with friends.  Download greyscale & colour posters.
  • Make a banner & plan to join the walk.
  • Donate food for the walkers.
  • Form a chapter of Committee For Future Generations in your community.
  • Attend the Forum on Nuclear Waste in Pinehouse on July 26, to kick off the walk.
  • Spread the word about this important summer campaign, and see you on the road!

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