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Participant Funding Program decision – Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and CNSC staff to negotiate and finalize terms of reference for long-term engagement

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) offered funding through its Participant Funding Program (PFP) to assist Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) in participating in meetings with CNSC staff to negotiate and finalize terms of reference for long-term engagement.

The information gathered from these meetings and activities will be included in the relevant Commission member documents in order to bring any valuable information directly to the Commission.


The CNSC made participant funding available to:

  • enhance Indigenous and stakeholder participation in the CNSC’s environmental assessment and licensing processes
  • help Indigenous Nations and communities, members of the public and stakeholders bring valuable information to the Commission

A funding review committee (FRC), independent of the CNSC, was established to review the funding application received by the CNSC’s PFP administrator and to make recommendations on the allocation of funding to the applicant.

The FRC members were:

  • Yves Leboeuf, retired vice-president of operations, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Kurt Saunders, retired director, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

On May 4, 2023, the FRC reviewed the PFP application received by the CNSC, requesting a total of $24,948.

Eligibility and funding criteria

For more information on participant funding and how it works, including details on eligibility and funding criteria, please read the PFP guide.

CNSC participant funding decision

The CNSC carefully considered the FRC’s recommendation on the allocation of participant funding to assist ACFN and approved the reimbursement of up to $24,948.

Applicant Maximum amount of available funding
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation $24,948
Total $24,948

Additional information

Participant Funding Program Administrator, CNSC

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