First Nations in Ontario are embarking on an engagement process to identify potential opportunities and partnerships involving transmission and renewable energy throughout its territories.
The Union of Ontario Indians will host five community engagement meetings and call upon a panel of energy experts to provide advice to the Ontario Power Authority and the minister of energy and infrastructure as to the direction the Anishinabek Nation wants to take in energy opportunities.
‘Our First Nations have directed us to engage our own communities – to determine our own needs and aspirations surrounding energy opportunities,’ says Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, leader of the 42-member First Nations of the Anishinabek Nation. ‘We acknowledge the full scope of the opportunities available to us in energy.’
Some opportunities and potential for development partnerships with First Nations include prime areas along the Great Lakes for wind power development, land for biomass generation projects, and locations for alternative, small hydro and non-evasive hydro projects. First Nations are also the rights-holders to vast territories across Ontario available for new energy infrastructure projects, including a new North-South transmission corridor that must come through Anishinabek Nation's territory.
SOURCE: Anishinabek Nation