By Donna Duric, Turtle Island News
Wind energy company NextEra admitted it did not consult with anyone on Six Nations before deciding to remove an eagle’s nest to make way for a turbine in Haldimand County in early January. Brian Hay, aboriginal relations director with NextEra, said he left a few messages with Paul General, manager of the Six Nations EcoCentre, overthe Christmas holidays. When he didn’t hear back, he claimed the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) “ordered” them to remove the nest. Hay made the admission during NextEra’s first community engagement session at the Community Hall last Thursday on its Summerhaven wind project on Nanfan Treaty lands in south Haldimand County.
The removal of the nest outraged Six Nations people and area residents near Rainham, Ont. “You had no right to do what you did,” said Six Nations resident and activist Ruby Montour. “If we would have cut the trees down we would have gone to jail.” Hay tried to defend the decision by saying that he spoke with General on a Thursday and General told him he’d have to talk it over with band council staff. Hay hadn’t heard back from anyone on Six Nations by the weekend and the nest was removed on Sunday, Jan. 6. “We did try to reach out to this community,” Hay claimed. “We basically had an order from the ministry to take the nest down.” Read article