OPG is committed to building and growing long-term, mutually beneficial working relationships with Indigenous communities near our current and future operations in Ontario.
Our Indigenous Relations group helps build these relationships in keeping with OPG’s Indigenous Relations Policy, first developed in 2007. It sets out our objectives for respecting rights and interests, and developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities. The policy also requires engaging in community relations and outreach, and providing capacity-building support, including employment and business contracting opportunities.
Relationships are developed on a foundation of respect for the languages, customs, cultural institutions and rights of Indigenous communities in Ontario. Our goal is to build and preserve openness, transparency and trust.
Our relationships with Indigenous communities have laid the groundwork for a series of successful generation development partnerships.
Our Lower Mattagami River Project was a $2.6 billion hydroelectric redevelopment partnership with the Moose Cree First Nation that was completed in 2014 ahead of time and on budget. Two hundred and fifty 250 local Indigenous people worked on the project and as an equity partner, the Moose Cree First Nation will see benefits from this clean hydro project for years to come.
As will the Lac Seul First Nation who partnered with OPG to build Lac Seul Generating Station in Northwestern Ontario. In service since 2009, the station is also known by its Aboriginal name "Obishikokaang Waasiganikewigamig”, which means White Pine Narrows Generating Station.
We have also partnered with Coral Rapids Power, a wholly-owned company of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation, to build the Peter Sutherland Senior Generating Station on the New Post Creek in Northeastern Ontario. This $300 million project is expected to employ 220 workers at peak and be completed in 2018.
In the spring of 2016, we announced a partnership with the Six Nations Development Corporation, a community owned corporation of the Six Nations of the Grand River, to build a 44 megawatt solar generation development at the site of the former Nanticoke Thermal Generating Station on Lake Erie.
In an effort to increase our understanding of traditional culture and land use practices, OPG signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Métis Nation of Ontario’s Georgian Bay Regional Consultation Committee on July 18, 2014. This agreement provides an engagement table for OPG's current and future operations in the area, including proposed deep geologic repository at our Western Waste Management Facility.
In 2015, OPG invited the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business to review our Indigenous efforts across the company utilizing the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. OPG was assessed at the Silver level and several recommendations were made on how we could enhance our already impressive Indigenous efforts, which we are currently working to implement.
Please view the map of OPG’s facilities, potential projects, partnerships, First Nation reserves and settlements.