HENVEY INLET, Ont.—The federal government has announced an investment of $3-million to support a proposed 300 megawatt wind farm project on the Henvey Inlet Indian Reserve, which is midway between Sudbury and Parry Sound, Ont.
The government says the project will guarantee future financial independence and full employment for the Henvey Inlet First Nation and many residents in the surrounding communities.
“Our Government continues to make strategic community investments designed to enhance the participation of Aboriginal peoples in their local economies,” said Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board and MP for Parry Sound–Muskoka. “This project will stand for many years to come as a source of great pride and economic opportunity for the residents of Henvey Inlet First Nation.”
The project is a joint venture between Nigig Power Corporation, which is wholly owned by the Henvey Inlet First Nation and Pattern Energy Group.
“Along with a wide range of jobs that will be created directly in the wind energy sector, full employment will come from the many spin-off projects in road construction, cement plant operation, crane and heavy equipment operation and small business development for our community members,” said Wayne McQuabbie, chief of the Henvey Inlet First Nation.
The government added that strong infrastructure is the foundation for solid and prosperous communities, and it is committed to ongoing infrastructure support for First Nations in building stronger, healthier, safer and more self-sufficient communities.