Chief promises protests, blockades on Mattawa wind project

1297667730349_ORIGINALBy PJ Wilson, The Nugget
MATTAWA – The Antoine First Nation “will use every means available” to stop a proposed wind turbine development near this community, including protests and blockades. That was the message Chief Davie Joanisse delivered Monday night at an open house concerning the proposed industrial wind turbine farm on Crown land west of Mattawa and north of the Mattawa River.

“We firmly oppose this project, the company involved and the Algonquin group,” Joanisse said, pointing at the Pikwaknagan First Nation, which has allied with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. on the project. “We will use every means available to stop this project. That includes protests and blockades.”

The proposal – still in its early stages – would see up to 60 wind turbines producing 150 megawatts of electrical power near Talon Lake. An overflow crowd crammed into the Mattawa Golden Age Club to get information on the project – one of at least three in the region – and to let representatives of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. know where they stand on the idea. Read article

11 thoughts on “Chief promises protests, blockades on Mattawa wind project

  1. I’ve noticed that the Premier is fond of using the term “meegwetch” when she finishes speaking, as if the rights and wisdom of First Nations people are foremost in her consciousness.

    No thanks to you, Kathleen Wynne, for your devotion to, not First Nations values, but making Wind developers wealthy beyond measure.

    Big Wind’s a scam. The Premier’s a sham.

    • Claire, totally agree with you. To quote the response from Wazzagroove today to the post, Proposed Mattawa Wind Project Opposed, “This story sheds more light on the Anti-Christ that has currently taken up the throne at Drag Queens Park! Dictatorships like this will fall”.

  2. I applaud you Chief Davie Joanisse for your willingness to protect your people. I wish that all municipal leaders had shown your courage!
    It looks like these industrial wind turbine projects in Ontario have all been the wrong projects, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  3. If Chief Davie Joanisse follows through on his threat to protest and blockade this ridiculous IWT project, a precedent will be set. And, MSM will not be able to make it go away by ignoring it.

    To the best of my knowledge, I don’t believe there has been any kind of substantial physical, on-site resistance to the construction of any of these “wind farms”.

    Wind Warriors have done their best, but busy farmers, working stiffs, seniors, children and mothers who put on spaghetti dinners really didn’t have the wherewithal or resources to stop these projects in their tracks.

    If Chief Joanisse is as angry as he seems to be, this could get interesting.
    I say, bring down the thunder!

  4. Nation vs Nation

    ‘[excerpt] “We firmly oppose this project, the company involved and the Algonquin group,” Joanisse said, pointing at the Pikwaknagan First Nation, which has allied with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. on the project. “We will use every means available to stop this project. That includes protests and blockades.”’

    Who’s taking bets?

    Signed contract says ‘early stages’ – hahahahaha…………’an idea’…..hahahaha……
    ‘[excerpt] The proposal – still in its early stages – would see up to 60 wind turbines producing 150 megawatts of electrical power near Talon Lake. An overflow crowd crammed into the Mattawa Golden Age Club to get information on the project – one of at least three in the region – and to let representatives of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. know where they stand on the idea.’

    Buy munchies!

  5. It is the provincial Liberal government that has First Nations fighting First Nations with the Green Energy Act and highly subsidized Feed In tarrif program.The United Chiiefs and Councils on Manitoulin Island opposed the Northland Power Inc MMWLP project until the 15c per kwh was realized and a $500,000 signing bonus for each of the six member reserves for the 50% partnership.

    This consultation only meant show me the money. Let’s hope Chief Davie Joanisse stands his ground and his values.

    • As Ray has stated, Manitoulin Islanders have been conned by the language of deceit.

      When many First Nations say “we weren’t consulted”, what they are really saying is “we want more money for our approval”.

      Chief Davie Joanisse has uttered no such weasel words. In fact, he has made it clear that this IWT project would ruin the Mattawa area for everyone:

      “It’s not just the land selections that are important to us,” Joanisse said. “The entire Mattawa River corridor between Mattawa and North Bay is our traditional hunting grounds. We share this area with thousands of other users on a regular basis”.

      He said ATVers, snowmobilers, hunters, campers and tourists use the land. But if the project gets the green light, “there will be major impacts to the local tourism industry and our communities”.

      Yes, here’s hoping Chief Joanisse throws down and sticks to his guns.

    • Maybe Northland will sell Yieldcos or bonds for their half of the Manitoulin IWT project? Take the money and run?

  6. This world is nuts!

    2014
    Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Suzlon Energy Ltd.’s German unit Senvion SE won an order to supply wind turbines to a 150-megawatt project in Canada.

    Senvion signed a contract to deliver its 3.2-megawatt machines to the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm project in Quebec, the company said today in an e-mailed statement. The plant is developed by the three Mi’gmaq First Nations of Quebec and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at snicola2@bloomberg.net
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-11-10/suzlon-s-senvion-wins-order-for-150-megawatt-wind-farm-in-canada?cmpid=yhoo

  7. Chief Joanisse, stick to your guns. I commend you highly. Your are a true Ontarian. May other First Nations and Ontarians follow your lead.
    Come on Ontario, it’s high time to get off our keesters and support Chief Joanisse’ stance. It appears OWR has eliminated the security token?!!

  8. Wikwemikong Elders spoke up against those monsters on their land. They won. Now where are the jobs that Northland Power promised? Now finally a Chief is speaking up against those IWTs. Where are the others?

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