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Indigenous Communities

At Innergex, we take great pride in being a partner of choice for Indigenous communities across Canada on renewable energy projects. Our model is based on the belief that building lasting relationships and sharing the economic benefits of our projects not only creates wealth and future opportunities, but can be a path to reconciliation for many Indigenous communities.

A History of Working Together

Our ability to understand and adapt to each community’s individual needs has been a hallmark of how we approach each project. Designed with clear expectations, our partnership arrangements are based on open lines of communication and respect, and often act as a catalyst for sustained prosperity. Several projects today stand as testaments to our commitment of building strong relationships with our partners to create shared prosperity. We co-own four facilities in partnership with Indigenous communities in Canada (Umbata Falls, Kwoiek Creek, Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n, Walden North) and we also have one project currently in construction that is owned in partnership with the Inuit community of Inukjuak (Innavik). Innergex also has many royalty agreements and other types of agreements with Indigenous communities across Canada including but not limited to:

  • After 40 years from Commercial Operation Date (COD) of the Kwoiek Creek Facility, which is currently owned 50-50 with the Kanaka Bar Indian Band, the Corporation’s ownership interests will be transferred to Kwoiek Creek Resources Inc. Subsequently, the Corporation will receive a royalty based on a percentage of the gross revenues less operation costs.
  • The assets of the Ashlu Creek Facility will be transferred to the Squamish First Nation for a nominal price after 30 years from COD (2039).
  • The Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind project, a 50-50 partnership with the Mi’gmaq of the Gaspé region of Quebec, is providing the three communities that make up the partnership with a source of long-term revenue from the 20-year operational life of the facility. Additionally, the economic interest of Innergex in the facility will decrease over time to the benefit of our partner for no additional consideration.
  • In 2019, we formalized a partnership with the Inuit community of Inukjuak on the shores of Hudson Bay to develop the Innavik hydroelectric project. Innavik, a 50-50 ownership structure, is a 7.5 MW run-of-river hydroelectric facility that will replace reliance on diesel fuel for almost all of Inukjuak’s energy needs over the 40-year Power Purchase Agreement signed with Hydro-Québec. The Project originated from the community’s desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote autonomy, and create long-term prospects for sustainable development. Innavik is expected to make significant social and economic contributions for the 1,800 inhabitants of Inukjuak, Nunavik’s second most populated community.

Innergex currently has partnerships1 with 31 Indigenous communities across Canada on renewable energy facilities, some of which are in operation and others at various stages of development.

1. In this case partnerships refers to the range of different agreements we have with Indigenous communities, whether they be revenue sharing, Impact Benefit Agreements, royalty agreements, etc. Otherwise, Partnership refers to the equity partners we have on some of our projects.

 Being a good partner means supporting local community initiatives that make a difference in peoples lives. We are proud to provide support and work with many Indigenous organizations and events. Some of the organizations we supported in 2020 include:

Kwoiek Academic Endowments
(British Columbia, Canada)
Sirivik
(Quebec, Canada)
Klahoose Resort Limited Partnership
(British Columbia, Canada)
First Nations Summit
(British Columbia, Canada)
Kwahiatonhk! Salon du livre des Premières Nations
(Quebec, Canada)
Tla’amin
(British Columbia, Canada)
Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council
(Quebec, Canada)
Tourisme Listuguj
(Quebec, Canada)
Indigenous resource opportunities conference
(British Columbia, Canada)
Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers
(British Columbia, Canada)
Waimea  Hawaiian Homesteader’s Association
(Hawaii, US)
BC First Nations Health Authority
(British Columbia, Canada)