The Wuskwatim Generating Station is a 200-megawatt, hydroelectric generating station constructed between 2006 and 2012 on the Burntwood River in the Nelson House Resource Management Area. (Click here or on photo to enlarge.)
We developed the project in partnership with Manitoba Hydro, the provincial Crown corporation responsible for providing energy resources, including electricity and natural gas within the province of Manitoba.
Discussions and negotiations leading to the agreement to build Wuskwatim were ongoing for nearly nine years, from 1997 to 2006, and involved consultation with Manitoba Hydro, NCN Citizens, the wider community and other interested parties, as well as government regulators. This development represented the first time in Canada a First Nation entered into and equity partnership with a major
Wuskwatim is located at Taskinigahp Falls, about 45 kilometres southwest of Thompson and 40 kilometres southeast of Nelson House. (Click to see location on Google Maps)
While the partnership with Manitoba Hydro did not include the transmission lines, we consulted with Hydro in planning the best route through our territory and compensation for any impact on affected communities. Transmission line construction took place in phases over several years with most components complete by summer 2011.
Our recent history influenced how we have approached this project. Since the 1960s our people have, in one way or another, been involved with Manitoba Hydro regarding hydroelectric development in our traditional territory.
Read More About the Project
A Change From the Past
A Cooperative Approach
Extensive Community Consultation
Use of Traditional Knowledge
Benefits of the Project