SaskPower is partnering with the First Nations Power Authority to bring 20 megawatts of flare gas power to the Flying Dust First Nation.
The agreement is a First nations led group of projects estimated to bring in $300 Million over the next 20 years.
FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron says this is a big step in reconciliation.
“Partnerships and agreements that are going to enhance promote open opportunity long into the future, but also, let’s not let this stop here,” Chief Cameron says. “We’re also continuing to push for that power purchasing agreement with Flying Dust (First Nation) and SaskPower, and the government.”
Jeremy Norman is the Chief of the Flying Dust First Nation, and says the benefits from this project are huge.
“The opportunity of business back home where you can develop your own businesses in your own backyard,” Chief Norman says. “We’re situated beside Meadow Lake, which is next door, so the opportunity for business is there, but of course you need seed money in order to invest.”
Environment Minister Dustin Duncan says this fulfills provincial government commitments to Aboriginal collaboration and also to reduce provincial greenhouse gas emissions.
“It’s great news for the provincial government, it’s great news for SaskPower, that is trying to procure alternative sources for power into the future,” Duncan says. “Obviously there’s going to be a significant economic benefit for First Nations across the province, the Flying Dust First Nation, and for our climate change plan.”
The First Nations Power Authority CEO Guy Lonechild agrees it is an important milestone for the FNPA and for SaskPower moving forward.