Wikwemikong Elder Spokesperson Protesting in Toronto

roseHere is a picture of First Nations Elders spokesperson, Rosemary Wakegijig, supporting MCSEA Inc and those that have had their voices suppressed in opposing Northland Power Inc and their shareholders against the Mclean’s Mountain Wind Limited Partnership and other Industrial Wind projects on or near First Nation Lands. Treaty rights are still unresolved in some areas.

Land loss,devaluation and future human habitation for several kilometres around Indusrial Wind Turbines due to environmental impacts and noise, cyclical noise,Low Frequency Noise, infrasound, rapid air pressure fluctuation, flicker effect and others are serious issues for everyone as well as First Nations where their lands base is a set size for future growth.

There are no noise protocols to address these issues federally or provincially where the only avenue to complaint resolution is to address the chiefs and councils who are the owners or partners in these projects.

Northland Power did not have the right to directly consult with the chiefs at that time as the duty to consult as the elders understand is a Federal Responsibilty.

As stated by their communities,with the formation of MMP (Mnidoo Mnising Power), the chiefs that partnered with Northland Power did not consult with their members and transparency comes into question on MMP and its directors.

This Green Energy Act project by Northland Power as legislated by the provincial Liberals is the exploitation of Manitoulin Island with their 10 km, 115 kv transmission line and 24 ,636 foot industrial wind turbines and related infrastructue, collector lines etc.

This is on 20,000 acres of McLean’s Mountain from Little Current to Honora Bay and in the vicinity of Sheguiandah First Nation’s sunrise ceremonial grounds.

The word from Toronto was that Rosemary spoke powerfully and beautifully represented the First Nations communities and their concerns.

Rural Ontario and Lake Superior Shoreline was also well repesented where these projects exist and are planned with other speakers and those who are impacted and displaced from their homes.

The destruction of the active eagles nest by Florida Wind Company, NextEra in Haldimand County, southern Ontario as approved by the MNR was not laid to rest either.The public education continues as to what these “GREEN” projects are doing to the environment when the wind companies continue to receive permits that kill, harm or harass species and those at risk such as the bobolink and meadowlark locally.

What of the others species that reside or migrate through here?

Witness the key habitat destruction from access roads on the locally known Green Bush, Perch Lake and Honora Bay from Hwy 540. The economics do not support such blatant disregard Manitoulin’s environment and cultural heritage.

Raymond Beaudry

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