In carrying out its projects and operations, Hydro-Québec maintains strong relationships with the various Indigenous communities present, in keeping with their culture and their traditional use of the land. Since each community is unique, the company strives to adapt its practices and processes to local realities, with a view to developing mutually beneficial partnerships.

Since 1975, we have signed over 30 agreements with Indigenous nations and communities in connection with our generation and transmission projects. For the Romaine project (Côte-Nord), the three agreements signed with the Innu communities affected provide for the creation of funds to finance economic, community and cultural projects, as well as traditional activities and training programs.

Map of Indigenous Nations and Communities

Power system technician Nancy Pelcat on the job, Robert-Bourassa generating station.

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the project to dismantle Parent dam on the Rivière Bazin, we held information meetings with the communities affected, including Indigenous communities along the river that showed interest in participating in the work. The project was split into two contracts, one of which was awarded to a local Indigenous business. (Mauricie)
  • As part of the energy transition of off-grid systems, we met with 14 Inuit communities in Nunavik in order to determine the most appropriate solutions. (Nord-du-Québec)
  • In all, 87 of our employees participated in the training program on Hydro-Québec and Indigenous people.
  • At the Romaine jobsite, a shaputuan was erected at Mista workcamp to enable Indigenous workers to get together and share traditional and cultural activities. (Côte-Nord)

Conversion of off-grid systems in Nunavik to renewable energy

Hydro-Québec is emphasizing a partnering approach rather than the usual request for proposals in converting the power supply for off-grid systems in Nunavik. This approach is better suited to the special business environment in Nunavik and the Inuit nation’s intention of playing a leading role in developing renewable energies. Discussions are currently under way between Hydro-Québec and Tarquti Energy Corporation, a joint venture established in 2017 by Makivik Corporation and the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec to develop renewable energy projects. A business model will be defined in 2018 to facilitate the conversion of off-grid systems. In the spring of 2018, with Tarquti’s collaboration and financial participation, Hydro-Québec will commission an external firm to determine the solar and wind potential of each off-grid system in Nunavik.

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