Manitoba, Fox Lake Cree agree on process for 1,250-MW Conawapa

Representatives of Manitoba Hydro and Fox Lake Cree Nation signed an agreement Feb. 28, advancing development of the $C5 billion (US$4.3 billion), 1,250-MW Conawapa hydroelectric project in northern Manitoba.

The agreement sets out a process and funding mechanism for the first nation’s participation in planning and consultation on development of Conawapa, on the Nelson River downstream of Gillam. It also covers environmental and regulatory matters, training, and employment and business opportunities.

�The activities supported through this agreement will ensure that Fox Lake Cree Nation is fully engaged and that all parties have the best information available for decision making,� Manitoba Hydro President Bob Brennan said.

Manitoba Hydro said the agreement is consistent with the utility’s approach to working closely with first nations to plan and develop new power projects. Manitoba Hydro completed a process agreement with the York Factory First Nation in 2006. (HNN 12/8/06) It also is planning a Conawapa process agreement with Cree Nation Partners, consisting of the Tataskweyak Cree Nation and War Lake First Nation.

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