Harper Government Supports Wind Farm Project at Henvey Inlet First Nation

HENVEY INLET, ON, July 16, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound – Muskoka, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development is pleased to announce the Harper Government's investment of $3 million to support Henvey Inlet's proposed 300 megawatt wind farm project.

This project will guarantee future financial independence and full employment for the Henvey Inlet First Nation and many residents in the surrounding communities.

Strong infrastructure is the foundation for solid and prosperous communities, which is why our Government is committed to ongoing infrastructure support for First Nations in building stronger, healthier, and safer and more self-sufficient communities.

Quick facts

  • The proposed location for the wind farm is Henvey Inlet Indian Reserve (I.R.) #2.  Henvey Inlet I.R.#2 is located on the south side of the Key River, west of Highway 69, approximately half way between Sudbury and Parry Sound, Ontario.
  • Strong infrastructure is the foundation for solid and prosperous communities, which is why the Government of Canada is committed to ongoing infrastructure support for First Nations in building stronger, healthier, and safer and more self-sufficient communities.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support projects that help to enable Aboriginal people to take advantage of our country's economic prosperity. Supporting measures that help create jobs and encourage Aboriginal participation in the economy is key to a more prosperous and vibrant Canada."

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

"Our Government continues to make strategic community investments designed to enhance the participation of Aboriginal peoples in their local economies. 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 Honourable Tony Clement
President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound – Muskoka

"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."

Chief M. Wayne McQuabbie
Henvey Inlet First Nation

Associated Links

Henvey Inlet First Nation website
Henvey Inlet community profile

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SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

For further information: Emily Hillstrom, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, 819-953-1160


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