Regional Chief Isadore Day Statement: Congratulations to Wataynikaneyap Power
(Toronto, ON, March 22, 2018) “On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, and the 133 First Nations that make up our Assembly, I want to acknowledge the leadership and dedication of the Watay Power Executive, led by board chair Frank McKay and CEO Margaret Kenequanash
Today’s announcement of $1.6 billion in funding to complete the Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project to 17 communities by 2023 is truly Reconciliation in action and an historic day. Sustainable, reliable hydro power will allow these communities to join the 21st century with all Ontarians and Canadians.
There are 22 First Nation communities working together and controlling development of infrastructure within their traditional lands is unprecedented, and will be a catalyst for greater prosperity and economic self-determination.
Reliable power means good housing, clean water, economic development, education, health care, food security – the list goes on. The benefits are enormous and will create happy, healthy communities for future generations.
To the leaders who make up the Watay Board – congratulations on this huge success; it will be one of this country’s most important infrastructure developments of this century! Over the past decade, these leaders have remained focussed; steadfast; and disciplined – asserting their treaty authority and upholding their responsibilities to the next generation!
Now that’s something to be proud of!!
To Ontario, Canada and the Watay Power Private Sector Partners – congratulations to you for having a hand in making reconciliation a reality, and for being part of the recognition of our First Nations rightful place in a 21st century economy. Together, in partnership, you are working towards improved quality of life of the 22 communities in the project region!
Watay is a shining example of the Spirit, Intent and Implementation of the treaties!
Best Wishes to the Chiefs, as you work toward the next milestone in this magnificent venture!!
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day
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