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May 04, 2022
After decades of living off the grid, the Algonquin community of Kitcisakik, nestled within a wildlife reserve in Western Quebec, will finally be powered by hydroelectricity.
The 400 members who reside in and around Kitcisakik, located 375 km northwest of Ottawa, have long relied on costly diesel generators to power their homes – albeit for a maximum of five to seven hours a day.
The irony? Kitcisakik is located literally down the road from a Hydro-Quebec reservoir.
“Half of the camping grounds in Quebec are better equipped than Kitcisakik – and they’re open six months a year,” explained Ghislain Picard, regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador.
“These Anishinaabe from Kitcisakik live in Kitcisakik all year round. To me, it’s a situation that is totally unacceptable.”
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