Greenstone Transmission Project
WZI (Waaskiinaysay Ziibi Inc.) is an economic development corporation which is wholly owned by Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek, Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek, Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek, Red Rock Indian Band and Whitesand First Nations. WZI was originally created to manage and work collaboratively with Ontario Power Generation on the Little Jackfish River Hydroelectric development. However, with this Project now in deferral, WZI is looking to transmission developments on the east side of Lake Nipigon, which could enable LJF and other renewable generation projects in the future.
In order to make the Greenstone Transmission Project a reality, the WZI First Nations have partnered with 3 of the lower Matawa First Nations – Long Lake #58, Ginoogaming, and Aroland – in order to form unity and alignment with all route communities. An MOU was signed between the Chiefs of the 8 First Nations on June 28th at the Valhalla in Thunder Bay, and BCRs followed from each First Nation appointing a representative to sit on a “Working Group” to get this Project moving. On September 29th, a media release was sent out to the public clearly stating the intentions of the group: that the First Nations plan on leading the transmission development into the Greenstone Region, that we will own the development in partnership with a licensed transmitter, and that our members will benefit from the construction, operation, and maintenance of the transmission line into the future. Revenues generated from all phases of this development will be shared equally by all partner communities.
This Project will not be easy, and will take significant time, resources and commitment from all involved. We will be taking the lead of the Watay Group north of Dryden, as they have made significant progress on their Project to date. We will regularly update the membership on our progress as we move ahead.