The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the MNO Georgian Bay Traditional Territory Consultation Committee signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on July 21.
The MOU outlines the process for continued consultation that will be followed between the MNO and OPG for the Deep Geologic Repository for low and intermediate level waste and OPG’s nuclear waste operations in Kincardine, Ontario.
MNO Chair France Picotte said in a July 28 statement: “This agreement is very important to Métis people, because it guarantees that Métis rights will be protected and the Métis Way of Life in the Georgian Bay will be respected. We are pleased to continue working with Ontario Power Generation. Agreements like this one are another benefit that we see coming from the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement, which was first signed in 2008 and which was renewed this year.”
Brian McGee, OPG Vice-President Nuclear Waste Management Division, added: “Ontario Power Generation is committed to building long-term, mutually beneficial working relationships with the Métis Nation of Ontario. This agreement today will help us work together to strengthen this relationship even further and work towards common goals.”
The MOU sets out the way in which the local Métis community, as represented by the MNO’s Georgian Bay Traditional Territory Consultation Committee and the Community Councils that are part of the committee, will be consulted regarding the development of the project and details on how the parties will work together to address any potential impacts the project may have on Métis rights, interests and way of life.
The MNO represents the Métis people and Métis communities within Ontario through a province-wide governance structure at the local, regional and provincial levels.
Ontario Power Generation is an Ontario-based electricity generation company.