Hydro-Québec and the Conseil des Anicinapek de Kitcisakik have announced details of a project to connect the village currently located along Dozois reservoir in Quebec, Canada, to Hydro-Québec’s grid. The project is called Animiki Ickote, which means “electricity” in Anishnabe, and is expected to take 36 to 48 months to complete.
In collaboration with Kitcisakik, Hydro-Québec is assembling a technical committee to determine the best possible solutions to ensure the success of the project, which includes the construction of a 25-kV line between Louvicourt substation and the village, as well as a local distribution system within the community.
This major initiative will require several months of engineering work, studies and construction. The technical committee will closely monitor every stage of the project to ensure optimal and timely execution.
The design and equipment construction costs, which will be established at a later date, will be entirely assumed by Hydro-Québec.
At the same time, the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones du Québec (SAA) will support members of the Kitcisakik community as they adapt their homes to the new power system by funding work to make the installations compliant with current standards. The community buildings will be connected to the new local system thanks to financial assistance from Indigenous Services Canada.
The project to connect Kitcisakik to the grid will not impact the community’s relocation in a few years, which is currently being prepared. Until their move, Kitcisakik residents will benefit from adequate electricity service once the project is complete.
“The project to supply electricity to our village has been long awaited by our members, for whom it is very significant,” commented Chief Régis Penosway, Conseil des Anicinapek de Kitcisakik. “In addition to improving the quality of life of each individual, the electrification of Kitcisakik’s buildings will impact the environment and the community’s economic development. I am very proud of our participation in the project and of the work we have accomplished.”
“Access to a reliable power system is essential to the development of Indigenous communities in remote areas and to the attainment of a satisfactory level of comfort. I am thrilled that our government is working together with Hydro-Québec and the community of Kitcisakik to lead this project, which I am sure will make all the difference for local residents,” added Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.