Today there is a growing interest and urgency to develop more electricity from clean, renewable sources – like waterpower. Proposals for waterpower development can provide new opportunities for Indigenous communities in terms of energy supply, connection to the grid, employment, transportation and economic development. For more than a decade the OWA has worked with First Nations and a number of partners to “build capacity” in both the industry and Indigenous communities.
Footprints to Follow
The Footprints to Follow publication is a catalog of Indigenous Community waterpower projects and highlights the successful partnerships of many Ontario Indigenous Communities.
In 2013, the OWA commissioned a study of northern hydro potential, the Northern Hydro Report. This study provides an objective evaluation of the costs and energy potential of Ontario’s waterpower situated in the Far North both to help inform the next procurement and policy decisions and to support key provincial socioeconomic priorities in the north.
Additional video resources pertaining to waterpower development for Indigenous Communities can be found on the OWA Youtube page, click here.