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200-MW Apuiat windfarm scores $3 million from Indigenous Services Canada

March 28, 2023 | By Anthony Capkun

Excerpt from an Apuiat Open House presentation, Fall 2016.

March 28, 2023 – The 200-MW Apuiat wind project is moving forward, and will be located on the public land of the traditional territory (Nitassinan) of the Uashat mak Mani-utenam First Nation, reports Indigenous Services Canada.

Through Indigenous Services Canada’s Community Opportunity Readiness Program (CORP), S.E.C. Apuiat received a contribution of $3 million to support its financial involvement in the project. The Innu communities and Boralex (development partner) each hold 50% of the votes on the Apuiat Wind Farm’s board of directors.

The government says the wind farm will create a long-term, clean energy source and generate sustainable economic and social benefits for Innu communities involved, which include Ekuanitshit, Essipit, Pessamit, the Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation, Pakua Shipi, Uashat mak Mani-utenam, Matimekush-Lac John, Nutashkuan, and Unamen Shipu (under the umbrella of the Société en commandite Apuiat [S.E.C. Apuiat]).

“The milestones achieved to date have demonstrated that our technical teams were able to take us to important partnership milestones and create the right environment for success,” said Chief Martin Dufour, Essipit. “All of the Nation’s communities have an opportunity to learn the lessons that will allow them to fully appreciate the value of future opportunities in a world where decarbonization is key.”


SEE ALSO The 200-MW “Paddle” wind farm will move ahead in Côte-Nord.

Nearly 300 jobs will become available during the construction phase, along with about 10 permanent jobs during operation.


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