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Matawa First Nations exploring green energy options

FedNor providing $240,000 for renewable energy readiness assessment

The nine communities of the Matawa First Nations in northwestern Ontario are undertaking a renewable energy readiness assessment with the goal of finding green energy solutions for the communities.

FedNor is providing $240,000 for the strategy, which will benefit the communities of Webequie, Nibinamik, Neskantaga, Eabametoong, Aroland, Marten Falls, Ginoogaming, Constance Lake, and Long Lake #58.

“This is a major capacity building initiative that will allow us to build strong, healthy First Nation communities as we develop energy independence,” said David Paul Achneepineskum, CEO of Matawa First Nations Management, in a news release.

“Renewable energy, for our First Nations, is the most culturally appropriate and positions us in our continued role as stewards of the land.”

The funding announcement was made on Dec. 18 by Patty Hajdu, Thunder Bay-Superior North MP and minister of environment, workforce development and labour.

“Developing realistic solutions to help address challenges in Canada’s Indigenous communities requires genuine partnerships,” Hajdu said. “This project with enable Matawa First Nation Management to work directly with and on behalf of its nine member communities to explore and develop clean and renewable energy production opportunities.”

The funding is being provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.