On September 30, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) will recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. All CNL offices will be closed and projects will pause as Canada takes time to reflect on the traumas of the residential school system. It is a time to collectively heighten our understanding of the past, recognize the need for healing, and seek opportunities for reconciliation and collaboration with Indigenous people, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
CNL’s Historic Waste Program Management Office and the Port Hope Area Initiative projects are situated on the traditional land of Indigenous Peoples dating back countless generations, remains the home of the Anishinaabe people, and is part of the Williams Treaties territory of the Mississauga of this region. HWP also conducts work on the Northern Transportation Route project in the Northwest Territories and Northern Alberta on Treaty 8 lands, which include the home of the Dene-Cree, as well as the Métis Nation and the lands of the Deline Government and Sahtu-Dene people.
CNL president & CEO Joe McBrearty has committed the company to growing meaningful relationships with those Indigenous communities where we work. Active steps are underway and agreements are being implemented to ensure that CNL makes advances towards reconciliation through meaningful actions.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on all of these lands, and near traditionally and culturally significant waterways, and offer respect to the First Peoples of the area. Observing this day provides the opportunity to honour Indigenous people, their families and communities impacted by the legacy of residential schools.
Some minimal project activity and site maintenance may be required on September 30. The HWP office will reopen on Friday, October 1, 2021; for urgent matters please call 905.885.0291.