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Northern Ontario First Nation Takes 25% Stake in 438-MW Hydro Redevelopment [Text and Audio]

Ontario Power Generation and the Moose Cree First Nation have completed a hydro redevelopment project on the Lower Mattagami River in Northern Ontario that adds 438 megawatts of new generation without building new dams on other rivers.

The $2.6-billion project, the largest in the region in 50 years, includes a 25% equity stake for the community, and brought more than $300 million in contracts to Aboriginal businesses during construction, CBC reports.

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“This is what a treaty is all about,” said Moose Cree Chief Norm Hardisty Jr. “Being able to work together. Being able to share the lands and resources that are in our territory.”

The construction jobs on the project are now winding down, but OPG’s Neal Kelley said a number of local workers earned trade certificates while they were on the project. “These young people will be able to take the skills they learned to other infrastructure projects, really, anywhere in the province or the country or the world.”