(Val-d’Or) Hydro-Québec’s power grid will reach the Aboriginal village of Kitcisakik by 2025, the state-owned company’s CEO Sophie Brochu promised Monday morning at a press conference in Val-d’Or attended by the chairman of the band council and several ministers in the Legault government.
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“I think I can say without being wrong that today’s announcement will mark the history of the Kitcisakik community for several generations,” underlined the President of the Council of Anicinapek of Kitcisakik, Régis Penosway.
“To tell you the good fortune that I have and that we all have at Hydro-Québec today,” chained Mme leaflet.
“The idea is to make the best possible project,” said the CEO, promising to work in partnership with the community. “You’ve been patient, too patient. »
Monday’s good cheer contrasted with the outraged tone adopted by the Kitcisakik Anicinapek Council during the first half of last year when it was part of a coalition of five First Nations opposed to the proposed transmission line: “Hydro-Quebec to Massachusetts. The state-owned company “sold the bear’s skin before killing it,” Chief Pénosway denounced.
The electrification of Kitcisakik will require the laying of a 25 kV transmission line from the Louvicourt substation some 70 kilometers. The route has yet to be confirmed, but could follow Route 117, the Hydro documents mention.
As for the costs, they will be “known later,” said the state-owned company, which has committed to fully covering them.
The project will start this summer with technical and environmental studies over 12 to 15 months, followed by a construction phase of one to two years until commissioning in 2025, according to the schedule presented on Monday.
Quebec, through its Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, will fund the work needed to adapt the dwellings, which currently use electricity from gasoline generators.
The federal part
Ottawa, for its part help community buildings currently powered by diesel generators get connected to the grid.
“Access to electricity is a basic need for everyone in Canada,” Federal Minister of Indigenous Services Patty Hajdu said in the announcement’s official statement.
However, there is no mention of running water in his statement, so Kitcisakik, which has no reserve status, is also stripped.