Hearings begin this week on the environmental impact of a wind farm proposed for the shores of Lake Superior — but what won’t be discussed in those hearings is the dispute between two First Nations as to whose territory the wind is blowing through.
The turbines are to be built near Lake Superior, in between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie. It’s also between the Michipicoten and Batchewana First Nations, but the energy company has only partnered with Batchewana. Joe Buckell, the chief of Michipicoten, said he thought the boundary between the two First Nations was clear until now. He said territories across the north are being exaggerated these days.
“It all started out when revenue sharing started. People started claiming these vast territories, because they were there at one time,” Bucknell said. Batchewana chief Dean Sayers said the proposed wind farm is in his First Nation’s territory. Read article