Manitoba Hydro and Fox Lake Cree Nation Reach Agreement
May 16, 2016
Manitoba Hydro and Fox Lake Cree Nation have reached an agreement that will end the blockade on Provincial Road 290 near the Fox Lake Reserve. Fox Lake instituted the blockade on Thursday over concerns regarding disrespectful damage to a sacred site where Manitoba Hydro and Fox Lake leaders, elders and community members shared in a ceremony last November.
On Friday, Manitoba Hydro’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Shepherd flew to Fox Lake Cree Nation to meet with the Chief, elders and other community members to discuss their concerns and reiterate Hydro’s commitment to mutual respect of the land and culture.
Manitoba Hydro shares the concern of Fox Lake Cree Nation over the disrespectful damage to a sacred site, says Shepherd. After meeting with the Chief, elders and community members over the last two days we have worked with them to address their concerns and to find ways to move forward, heal and find solutions. We are very pleased to have reached an agreement and to have the blockade down.
The blockade hampered access to the Limestone Generating Station, the Henday Converter Station and the Keewatinohk Converter Station construction site. However Shepherd reiterated that operations were not affected and the staff are now free to come and go.