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NSDF is not the best solution.


We need your support !

Millions of Canadians rely on the Ottawa River as a source of drinking water, and we believe in protecting the future of the Kichi Sibi for all Canadians.

In Algonquin territory, Chalk River Laboratories Ontario Canada has contaminated groundwater, lakes, and the Ottawa River without Algonquin Anishinaabeg people's consent since the 1950s. Kebaowek First Nation has recently brought a judicial review on grounds related to both the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) and the United Nations Declaration Act (2021). The application seeks review of a January 2024 decision of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission which approved a license amendment for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ Near Surface Nuclear Waste Disposal Facility next to the Ottawa River. The decision of the Commission violates Kebaowek's rights as recognized by the UN Declaration - particularly Kebaowek's request for free, prior, and informed consent regarding hazardous waste storage on Algonquin unceded territory. Photo: Glenda Stevens and Eagle Staff Carrier Luc Goupil Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg, July 10, 2024.

"This nuclear waste facility will damage the water and we all know that.Conscientious people are rising. We must rise together, we are all in that medicine wheel. No matter our colour,

our creed or our title, we are all related in the human family andwe must stand together."


We cannot stop the thunder. We cannot stop the rain from falling. We cannot stop the lightning from shining. We cannot stop the rivers from flowing. But together as human beings, as brothers and sisters, we can certainly stop thenuclear waste facility from coming here on the Ottawa River."



Claudette Commanda,

Algonquin Elder, August 10, 2023


Health Threats

"When we put radioactivity in the water we drink, we expose millions of people. Even if the level of exposure is very low, it exposes a lot of people to these radioactive cancer-causing agents." Dr. Gordon Edwards Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility,

Irreversible Harm to Ottawa River Watershed

© Original Artwork by Destiny Cote, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg

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"It's not only a First Nation issue, it's a human issue and we are doing this on behalf of our people and all Canadians who depend on the Ottawa River as their drinking water source."

Chief Lance Haymond, Kebaowek First Nation


Million cubic metres +

of nuclear waste


Kilometres from the
Kichi Sibi


Waste management areas


Year period of institutional


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Our Solution

1. Canadian and Indigenous laws should equally protect biodiversity in accordance with the principle of legal pluralism in Canada, a notion reinforced by Aboriginal title and the Quebec superior court's decision in White and Montour, which recognizes Indigenous laws' crucial role in accommodating the Nation's sovereignty, particularly in unceded territories.


2. Canada needs to commit to a strategy that aligns with its international legal obligations and UNDA 2021 towards the Algonquin Anishinaabe peoples and the biodiversity of lands previously managed sustainably under Algonquin Anishinaabe laws and practices.


Canadian United Nations Declaration Act 2021 



NSDF Story Map

Our mission is to protect the Kichi Sibi River and its wildlife from the dangers of nuclear waste. We are a community movement dedicated to keeping our environment safe and healthy for generations to come.

Our Legal Action Fund

We need your help to pursue a judicial review of CNSC’s decision to license the NSDF project. We are asking for donations to our legal action fund to cover court fees as we challenge the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in court to protect the Ottawa River.

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