Lake Huron Chiefs Investigate High Voltage Electricity Transmission



    SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION, ON, April 24 /CNW/ - A majority delegation of
Robinson Huron Treaty Chiefs met last week at Mississauga No. 8 First Nation
and have agreed to move forward in their investigation of how their
communities could best benefit from a business relationship with Great Lake
Power Transmission to build, own and operate new high voltage electricity
transmission lines in their traditional territory.
    The decision to investigate opportunities in the electricity transmission
business arose from the Robinson-Huron Chiefs' resolution of May 16, 2008
titled "Spirit and Intent of our Forefathers - Using our Treaty to End
Poverty".
    Building on this resolution, Lake Huron Treaty Commissioner Isadore Day,
Chief of Serpent River First Nation, and Lake Huron Region Chief Pat Madahbee,
working closely with Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Beaucage, sought
out potential partners. Great Lakes Power Transmission, an existing licensed
transmitter based in Sault Ste. Marie which already owns and operates part of
the provincial high voltage transmission system in Robinson Huron traditional
territory, were very receptive to the Chiefs' approach. The Robinson Huron
Treaty Commission subsequently entered into a non-binding letter of intent
with Great Lakes Power Transmission to explore potential options for a
mutually successful business relationship.
    To advise them, the Chiefs have established a technical working group
with representatives from the various regions of the treaty territory and from
Great Lakes Power Transmission. The working group is expected to report back
with options and recommendations later in 2009.
    Separately, the Chiefs will investigate the political issues arising from
the construction of new electricity transmission lines across Robinson-Huron
traditional territory. Certain issues concerning treaty implementation will
require resolution between the Chiefs and the government of Ontario.
    An important part of the process will be a community communications
program to ensure that all of members of the Robinson-Huron communities are
kept aware of the leadership's work on behalf of their communities.
    Lake Huron Treaty Commissioner Chief Isadore Day commented that "Working
from a start-point of the sacred Treaty agreement that our ancestors signed in
1850, and bringing forward what they intended is very gratifying. As we
finally start to implement the Treaties, in a way that our hereditary leaders
endeavored, building and maintaining unity among our Treaty communities will
ensure that we will be a real part of the economy going forward."




For further information:

For further information: Chief Isadore Day, Lake Huron Treaty
Commissioner, (705) 844-2418; Marci Becking, Communications Officer, Union of
Ontario Indians, (705) 497-9127 ext. 2290, becmar@anishinabek.ca

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