Electrifying Ontario’s First Nations (The Agenda, Steve Paikin – October 13, 2016)


The Agenda’s Steve Paikin talks with Christopher Henderson, President of Lumos Energy and author of “Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy and the Future of Canada’s First Peoples” and Mitchell Diabo Project Manager at Kasabonika Lake FN and representative on board of Watay Power.

Rolling blackouts. Power surges. Diesel spills. A maxed-out power system that stalls any new development. This is life off the provincial electrical grid. But for 17 of Ontario’s 25 remote First Nations communities, hope for reliable energy is coming in the form of the Wataynikaneyap power project: a $1.35 billion, 1,500 kilometre First Nations-owned transmission line that will extend the provincial grid to these remote reserves. The Agenda convenes a panel on the state of this project and what it will mean for energy-impoverished communities.