Aboriginal Portal

NEW RELEASE! Footprints to Follow - Ontario Aboriginal Waterpower Case Studies

Footprints to Follow - Ontario Aboriginal Waterpower Case Studies (ISSUE) Click Here for PDF Copy (PDF)

Northern Hydro Assessment of Waterpower Potential

Executive Summary: Northern Hydro Assessment of Waterpower Potential in the Far North of Ontario (pdf)

Click here to view potential sites (kmz file)  *note Google Earth is required to load this map. Click here to download Google Earth

Waterpower Potential Study Area and Maps (pdf) (9MB)

RETScreen

RETScreen is a Clean Energy Management Software system for energy efficiency, renewable energy and cogeneration project feasibility analysis as well as ongoing energy performance analysis. Click here to download RETScreen. 

Kapuskasing River Waterpower Project

This documentary examines the benefits and challenges of building First Nation - industry collaboration in developing waterpower opportunities on the Kapuskasing River in northeastern Ontario. The story began in 2005 with the release of these waterpower sites by the Ministry of Natural Resources. The first of these facilities will be commissioned in 2013.  Brunswick House First Nation, Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation, Chapleau Cree First Nation and the town of Kapuskasing are all partners in these projects with the proponent Hydroméga. The film was made possible through the efforts of the WPWG, an Aboriginal, industry and government collaborative focused on building greater understanding and opportunities for partnerships between aboriginal communities and the waterpower industry in Ontario.  Direct support was provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada, Wabun Tribal Council and the Ontario Waterpower Association.  

To access the video click here. 

For more information on the products of the WPWG, please visit www.wpwg.org.

Aboriginal Funding Continuum

The Aboriginal Funding Continuum is one of the several resources developed by the Water Power Working Group (WPWG). The need for such a tool was clearly identified following a survey of First Nations communities conducted in 2009 by the WPWG. The assessment identified there were significant gaps between First Nation's aspirations and their ability at the community level to participate in waterpower project opportunities. 

The Aboriginal Funding continuum is a live web-based visual tool which clearly identifies all funding opportunities available for First Nations interested in becoming a partner in or a proponent of a waterpower project. The continumm is based on the typical development cycle of a waterpower project, and is categorized based on the type of funding being applied for. 

The goal of the Continumm is to create an effective, user-friendly tool to assist potential First Nations proponents, partners and industry in navigating through the various funding opportunities, to quickly identify potential funding programs and to understand the criteria to apply. 

Access Continuum

 

Chiefs of Ontario First Nations Environmental Assessment Toolkit for Ontario

On September 28th - 29th, 2011, the OWA and the Chiefs of Ontario hosted a joint workshop focused on the new First Nations Environnmental Assessment Toolkit for Ontario. The workshop was attended by First Nations, Industry and Government and focused specifically on Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge. The workshop was captured on video, below please links to the various segments.

For further information regarding the Toolkit or to purchase a copy, please visit http://www.cooeatoolkit.org/

 

Waterpower Presentations

**NEW** Waterpower Development for Remote First Nation Communities Presentation June 2016 (pdf)

Waterpower 101 (video - wmv) Download PDF version of this presentation (pdf)

Waterpower 101 Cree Translation (mp3)

Waterpower Opportunities for Aboriginal communities (pdf)

COO EA Toolkit Presentations

Workshop Presentations - Day 1

Workshop Presentations - Day 2

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND COMMUNITY BASED APPROACHES TO EA, Gertie Beaucage, Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle

 

Waterpower Videos

The Story of Waterpower (English)
The Source of Waterpower (Cree)
The Benefits of Waterpower (Ojibwa)

For more videos, see our video page or check us out on YouTubeYouTube

Aboriginal Resources

 Building Capacity Together - An Introduction to Waterpower (DVD)

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This 16 hour self-directed learning DVD is the result of a video recording of the Building Capacity Together Workshop held in Northern Ontario in 2007. The Aboriginal communities and organizations who participated in the 2 ½ day workshop received training regarding several subjects including:

  • An overview of Ontario’s energy system and targets;
  • Waterpower development and Crown land opportunities
  • Aboriginal business relationships
  • Waterpower procurement
  • Environmental considerations and mitigation
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Prefeasibility and Hydrology
  • Engineering concepts
  • Transmission
  • Financing analysis
  • Project development

This video can be viewed in its entirety or by individual subject as selected in the root menu. Additionally, this video has also been translated in to both Ojibwa and Oji-Cree.

For ordering information, check out our OWA Resources page.

 Building Capacity Together - An Introduction to Aboriginal Relationships (DVD)

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This video is the result of a video recording of the Building Capacity Together in the Waterpower Sector – An Introduction to Aboriginal Relationships workshop held in 2008. Speakers cover such topics as:

  • Historical perspective on Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
  • Recent Case Law and its application
  • The Crown’s Duty to Consult
  • An introduction to Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge
  • Aboriginal Community Economic Development
  • Case Example, Wabun/Hydromega

This video can be viewed in its entirety or by individual subject as selected in the root menu. Additionally, this video has also been translated in to both Ojibwa and Oji-Cree.

For ordering information, check out our OWA Resources page.