BUILDING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS
Valard has worked collaboratively with Canada’s Indigenous communities for many decades. Both Valard and Fortis are confident that their collaborative process will provide significant benefits to the communities this project is designed to serve. They look forward to rewarding Wataynikaneyap Power’s* confidence in their ability to safely execute on such an important project.
Our employees are part of the communities in which they work – supporting sustainability, local businesses and causes, as well as showing respect for project-related concerns and acting on them.
Building relationships with diverse communities across the country isn’t just how we operate. It’s who we are.
The project is being undertaken using Guiding Principles established by community leadership and are supported by the project partners. The expectations of the communities are that all Wataynikaneyap project work will be carried out consistent with these Guiding Principles:
- The Project shall not poison the lands;
- No herbicides shall be used throughout the life of the transmission line to control vegetation;
- The Project shall be constructed, operated and maintained in a manner that observes and does not interfere with seasonal hunting, trapping, fishing and harvesting and keeps disturbance to a minimum;
- No new transmission lines shall be located underwater; and
- The Project will develop and implement an environmental and social management plan which will include acceptable and effective mitigation measures for any sacred sites, gathering sites, and harvesting sites.