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Manitoba formally apologizes for past hydro development


January 21, 2015
By Anthony Capkun


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January 20, 2015 – In a statement issued by premier Greg Selinger in Cross Lake today, the Government of Manitoba formally apologized today to all people and communities affected by past hydroelectric development—including all Northern Flood Agreement (NFA) First Nations.

Today’s statement will also be raised with the leadership of the other four Northern Flood Agreement First Nations, said Eric Robinson, deputy premier and minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, and minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro.

“We also committed to working with First Nations on future developments. The Wuskwatim project was developed in partnership with Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation,” explained Robinson. “Similarly, the Keeyask Project is a collaborative effort among Manitoba Hydro and four Manitoba First Nations: Tataskweyak Cree Nation, York Factory First Nation, Fox Lake Cree Nation and War Lake First Nation.”

“We continue to be committed to working with Aboriginal communities affected by our development and operations in a spirit of reconciliation,” said Scott Thomson, president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro.