Many Aboriginal communities live in areas with high hydroelectric potential. We endeavour to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with these communities and call upon their knowledge of the natural environment when conducting environmental inventories and implementing mitigation measures.

Québec’s 11 Aboriginal nations, in 55 communities, each have different cultures and lifestyles. Over the years, we have developed a number of communication approaches—radio broadcasts, Web microsite, environmental follow-up schedules, newsletters and so on—that have helped consolidate our relationships with these communities.

100th meeting of the Cree/Hydro-Québec Monitoring Committee

On March 23, the Cree/Hydro-Québec Monitoring Committee held its 100th meeting in Mistissini, Baie-James. Created in 2007, the committee ensures Aboriginal input into the Environmental Monitoring Program at the Eastmain-Sarcelle-Rupert Complex. The committee meets approximately eight times a year to note the concerns of land users and share information with communities affected by construction of the complex (Chisasibi, Eastmain, Mistissini, Nemaska, Waskaganish and Wemindji).

Watch the video: Cree–Hydro–Québec Monitoring Committee: Working Together

Power system electrician Jasmin Mowatt checks the control panel for the air/oil pressure system on a generating unit at Sarcelle powerhouse.

Activities in 2016

  • An agreement was reached with the Mi’gmaq firm Wejuse to dismantle a 3.7 km segment of the transmission line crossing the village of Listuguj. The work was part of a 50 km dismantlement project between the Nouvelle and Cascapédia substations. The agreement involved hiring Wejuse (the firm appointed by the Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government) as well as having Électro Saguenay train Mi'gmaq workers. Work took place in March and April 2016. (Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine)
  • On the Romaine jobsite, various traditional and cultural activities were held in the Mista workcamp shaputuan. Many workers participate regularly in events.
  • 122 employees attended a one-day in-house training program about Aboriginal nations and communities and Hydro-Québec’s business relations with them. The training was provided on two separate occasions at the Mista workcamp.

Apatisiiwin Agreement

By the end of 2016, our workforce had 88 Cree employees, a record since the Apatisiiwin Agreement took effect. The agreement comes to an end in June 2017.

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