Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and Bruce Power are now partners to jointly market new isotopes in support of the global fight against prostate cancer.
The agreement will leverage a project announced by Bruce Power last week to produce Lutetium-177 used to treat prostate cancer with production expected to start in 2022.
By working together on the Lutetium project, Bruce Power and SON will engage in marketing and collaboration while working with governments to leverage the opportunity and create sustainable economic benefits.
Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck calls it a historic partnership pointing out that Bruce Power is on the SON's traditional lands and "We've been looking for things that we can work on together over time beyond just economic development."
The Chief of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Greg Nadjiwon says the project is bigger than the regional impact as they work to develop isotopes that will be "important for Canada and the world."
Nadjiwon says "I think that any rational person would want to become involved in a such a forward-moving opportunity."
Chief of Saugeen First Nation Lester Anoquot believes the announcement affects everyone in some shape or form.
Anoquot says everyone has been touched by cancer and this partnership will allow the production of new isotopes to fight the disease.
The partnership will seek to build on an announcement last week where Bruce Power teamed up with Kinectrics and Framatome Canada Ltd. to develop an Isotope Production System deployable on all Bruce Power units that can also support the future production of other isotopes in addition to Lutetium-177.
This will leverage the multi-unit Bruce Power site to provide a stable, redundant supply for many decades to come.
An average of 11 Canadian men die from prostate cancer every day.
Radioisotopes play a crucial role from diagnosis to treating advanced forms of the disease for which there is no cure.
Bill Walker, Associate Energy Minister and MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound who attended the announcement, congratulated all involved for the innovative new partnership.
A joint Bruce Power and SON website has been launched to share more information at fightingcancertogether.ca.