Initiatives

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. 

Aboringinal 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

Waterpower Videos

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

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Aboriginal Resources

Wabun Tribal Council's Kapuskasing River Hydro Project(pdf)

 Aboriginal Community Guide to Waterpower Development

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This guide is an overview of the many considerations involved in a waterpower project. It is designed to support Aboriginal communities who will be proponents (i.e., the developer), partners or participate otherwise in waterpower projects. The information is also of value for other groups new to waterpower development and those who want to partner with Aboriginal communities.

For ordering information, check out our OWA Resources page.

 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.

Waterpower 101 Presentations

Waterpower 101 (video - wmv)

Download PDF version of this presentation (pdf)

Waterpower 101 Cree Translation (mp3)

Waterpower Opportunities for Aboriginal communities (pdf)