Catalyst for Change in Support of a Nation’s Own Path to Reconciliation and Self-Determination
Kanaka Bar Indian Band and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. officially partnered in 2005 on the Kwoiek Creek Project. Kwoiek is hydro-electric project and a 50/50 partnership between Kanaka and Innergex in which success is built on mutual respect, shared values, and commitment to open communication by the partners.
Kanaka understood the value of their water resources and in 1990, acquired a water licence for energy production. Kanaka considered many developers and selected Innergex because the company shared many of Kanaka’s values. Kanaka was specifically looking for a long-term commitment and a partner that respected sustainable development. The two entities agreed on a 40-year partnership that ensured the project could be maintained for future generations.
Innergex and Kanaka openly share information and the two make decisions together. The relationship between Kanaka and Innergex is a true partnership as a result of a trusting relationship built on a foundation of shared values and respect.
Kwoiek Creek is a cornerstone project for Kanaka’s path to self- determination. After putting in years of feasibility work, it was the partnership and Innergex’s expertise that brought the project to fruition. As a result, Kanaka has been able to invest profits into the community to develop businesses, local talent, infrastructure, and, more importantly, pride in becoming self-sufficient.