Walk in Ignace protests nuclear waste storage site
Walkers converged in Ignace Thursday to begin a peaceful walk to raise awareness about the proposed deep underground repository in Treaty 3 territory that will store Canada’s high level nuclear waste.
This is the third annual Walk Against Nuclear Waste. Head walker Darlene Necan with the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen No. 258 has led the walk on two previous years.
Approximately twenty people joined the start of the walk, and more walkers were expected to join for sections of the walk later in the day and throughout the week.
Walk organizers said the candidate site is at the headwaters of the Wabigoon and the Turtle River watersheds, which flow west into Wabigoon Lake and the Lake of the Woods.
Ignace is one of two possible locations for the nuclear waste storage site. South Bruce is also being considered.
“Let’s walk in honour of Mother Earth, for she gives us a life of beauty, and of nature. We are walking for the earth, for the water, and for the generations to come,” Necan said in remarks just before the Walk commenced.