OTTAWA, April 22, 2014
OTTAWA, April 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Bernard Valcourt, and Chief Freeman Ward of the Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation celebrated with members of the community today and signed an agreement that settles the First Nation's 1895 Surrender Specific Claim.
Negotiated settlements help rebuild relationships and generate benefits for all Canadians. These benefits include economic benefits, new opportunities for business partnerships and certainty for First Nations, industry and area communities.
Specific claims deal with the past grievances of First Nations relating to outstanding obligations under pre-1975 treaties. Settling these past grievances through negotiations is key to achieving reconciliation and rebuilding relationships with First Nation people in Canada. For more information on the progress made to date, please go to this site.
• The Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation (formerly known as the Red Bank First Nation) is located approximately 25 km from Newcastle, New Brunswick and has a population of 659 people. The Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation has four reserves: Red Bank Indian reserves # 4 and # 7, Indian Point and Big Hole Track.
• On October 17, 2013, a ratification vote was held by the Metepenagiag First Nation. Of those eligible to vote, 279 members (or 94% of those who voted) approved the settlement agreement.
• Since 2007, Canada has settled over 100 specific claims representing over $2 billion through negotiated agreements.
• Settlement agreements create opportunities for economic growth on First Nations lands and in surrounding communities.
• The settlement agreement provides compensation in the amount of $27,569,411 and the Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation will also have the opportunity to purchase up to 3,144.5 acres of land to be added to its reserve, subject to Canada'sAdditions to Reserve Policy. Private property will not be taken away to settle the specific claim, nor will anyone be asked to sell their property if they do not want to sell it.
"I'm pleased to be here today to participate in this celebration. The agreement is a success shared by all parties. Settlements of specific claims translate into new economic opportunities for First Nation communities and can create economic spin-offs in neighbouring municipalities."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"It is with great anticipation and joy that I can announce to my community that the negotiations between Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation and the Government of Canada regarding the 1895 Surrender Specific Claim Settlement Agreement have been concluded. This settlement will bring much needed financial relief to all of our community members, young and old, on and off reserve. The minors share will go directly into their trust fund which will give them all something to look forward to in the future. The Band will be able to look into viable economic opportunities to build on.
This settlement will put Metepenagiag on the threshold of a great leap forward in our community's economic development goals. Something that our children and grandchildren can continue to build on and improve to help Metepenagiag become a self sufficient community."
Chief Freeman Ward
Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation
SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
GUELPH, Ontario, April 16, 2014
GUELPH, Ontario, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced the completion of the first diesel hybrid PV system in the remote microgrids in northern Ontario, Canada. The 152kW rooftop solar array on the Deer Lake First Nation Elementary School, completed by Canadian Solar with its supplier partners, is the first project under the strategic partnership with NCC Development, LP ("NCC"), a First Nation renewable energy management company, in a commitment to use renewable energy (RE) microgrid solutions to assist the energy needs of off-grid First Nations and remote communities.
Serving the First Nations of Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill and McDowell Lake located in northern Ontario, NCC has identified more than 80 First Nations and remote communities for potential RE microgrid solution deployment, in an effort to promote photovoltaic services and projects to areas heavily reliant on diesel and challenged by limited access to electricity.
"NCC is optimistic in moving forward with our partner Canadian Solar, as we continue to build strategic collaborative efforts with leaders in the solar and renewable energy industry to foster sustainable development of Canada's indigenous communities. As North America's largest producer of solar power solutions, Canadian Solar's industry leading experience and expertise will greatly contribute to our efforts," said Geordi Kakepetum, Chief Executive Officer of NCC Development LP.
"Our partnership with NCC started 3 years ago. It underscores our strong commitment to Canada, helping to bring solar power to areas previously unable to get connected to the grid. Solar is a green, flexible, low-cost, and sustainable energy solution for these underserved First Nations and other rural areas. We are proud of our involvement in this important effort and the direct impact we will have on so many deserving families," commented Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc.
"To reduce peak load and connect five more homes, we developed a three-part plan, including conservation, load shifting, and installing a PV solar system. This is important not only for the families who are waiting to move into these new houses, but for all of Deer Lake," said Chief Royale Meekis, the leader of Deer Lake First Nation during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Deer Lake First Nation aims to eventually replace 50% of their diesel consumption with the RE microgrid retrofit solution. The focus of the partners in developing RE microgrid solutions is also to help to build much needed additional clean energy capacity, and to support future economic development in the communities.
About Canadian Solar
Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world's largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of solar modules, specialized solar products and solar power plants with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and Asia, Canadian Solar has delivered more than 6 GW of premium quality solar modules to customers in over 70 countries. Canadian Solar is committed to improve the environment and dedicated to provide advanced solar energy products, solutions, and services to enable sustainable development around the world. For more information, please visit www.canadiansolar.com.
About NCC Development LP
Formed in 2012 with the investment of six First Nations, NCC Development LP has, in a short period of time, become a significant First Nation renewable energy management company specialized in serving the renewable energy needs of First Nations and remote communities, starting in northern Ontario, and in facilitating the participation of First Nations in building locally owned renewable energy assets. NCC has collaborated with Canadian Solar to pursue First Nations projects across northern Canada, including in First Nations communities and for resource extraction industries operating on First Nation territories.
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SOURCE Canadian Solar Inc.
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