Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (“Innergex” or the “Corporation”) and the Saik’uz First Nation are pleased to announce the joint signing of a Letter of Intent and a Traditional Knowledge Protocol Agreement regarding the development of a wind energy project at Nulki Hills near Vanderhoof, British Columbia.
The Nulki Hills prospective wind project, representing up to 210 MW of clean renewable power, is currently undergoing a BC Environmental Assessment.
The partners will work together to obtain an Environmental Assessment Certificate from the province and an electricity purchase agreement from BC Hydro for this project, which could deliver power to the grid by late 2018.
In the agreements, Saik’uz and Innergex highlight their commitment to meaningful consultation during all stages of project development and to establish and determine the terms for a long-term cooperative and mutually respectful relationship throughout the life cycle of the project. The parties have agreed to a process to gather, document and preserve Saik’uz traditional knowledge and to address the ownership, protection and integration of traditional knowledge in the development of the project.
“We are extremely pleased to have entered into these agreements with the Saik’uz First Nation,” said Richard Blanchet, Senior Vice President – Western Region of Innergex. “They provide a foundation for a strong relationship that reflects the commitment between Innergex and Saik’uz to work together, respectfully and collaboratively. The announcement today emphasizes our intention to bring sustainable economic development opportunities to Saik’uz and the District of Vanderhoof”, added Mr. Blanchet.
“We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with Innergex,” said Saik’uz First Nations Chief Stanley Thomas.