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NAN Congratulates Wataynikaneyap Power

NAN Congratulates Wataynikaneyap Power

Recipient of Northern Ontario Business Award

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  December 5, 2020  (LSN)  Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates First Nations-owned Wataynikaneyap Power, recipient of the 34th annual Northern Ontario Business Awards ‘First Nations Business Award of Excellence’:

“It is great to see Wataynikaneyap Power recognized for their tremendous work connecting communities across NAN territory to the provincial power grid. Having access to reliable supplies of electricity is essential in remote communities, and will finally end their reliance on environmentally harmful diesel generation. This will help bring jobs and economic benefits to our communities and improve the health of our members.

Everyone involved with this project is worthy of recognition. On behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation I congratulate Watay’s leadership, Chief Executive Officer Margaret Kenequanash, her staff, and all those who have contributed so much to make this a reality.”

The Wataynikaneyap (‘line that brings light’) Power Transmission Project is majority-owned by 24 First Nations in partnership with Fortis Inc. and other private investors. The project will build approximately 1,800 kilometres of transmission lines in northwestern Ontario to connect 17 remote First Nations communities to the Ontario power grid. Construction has been underway since 2018 and is expected to be completed by 2023. Pikangikum First Nation was the first community to be connected in December 2018.

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