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Empowering First Nations and Indigenous Communities: Overcoming the Ecological and Humanitarian Threats of the Nuclear Fuel Trajectory and Nuclear Weapons
The NPT Review Conference provides an opportunity for states parties to assess and take stock of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. However, in the course of high-level discussions on both the nuclear fuel trajectory and nuclear disarmament, there is a fundamental issue – the failure to consult Indigenous Peoples and First Nations adequately. There is no doubt that this failure is a significant issue. The nuclear events that have impacted Canadian First Nations, the Navajo First Nation, and Marshall Islanders illustrate how uranium mining and nuclear testing directly impact Indigenous and First Nations peoples. Therefore, these groups should be at the table during these discussions.

Further, the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) bans nuclear weapons and has a robust set of provisions known as the positive obligations. These positive obligations require states parties of the Treaty to assist the victims of the use and testing of nuclear weapons and remediate the contaminated environment.

Considering the need to enhance Indigenous Peoples and First Nations’ participation in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament discussions and the need to hold states parties accountable to their obligations to assist victims (most of whom are Indigenous Peoples), we are interested in planning a side event on the margins of the NPT Review Conference. This event will provide an opportunity for Indigenous and First Nations leaders, nuclear experts, policymakers, and youth activists to share their knowledge, voice their opinions, and unite.

We hope that this event serves as a platform to facilitate substantive discussion to establish ways Indigenous and First Nations groups can work with policymakers to renounce nuclear weapons, nuclear energy and appropriately remediate victims.

Jan 18, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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