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Electrifying time for community – Chronicle Journal

Wunnumin Lake First Nation is the seventh and latest in a series of northern communities to connect to the provincial power grid through the Wataynikaneyap Power transmission system.

The community was energized on May 25 with 604 kilometres of line and five substations, originating from its Dinorwic substation, and connected to the provincial power grid on Sept. 21. Wunnumin Lake First Nation will be served by Hydro One Remotes Communities Inc.

Wunnumin Lake Chief Sam Mamakwa called it a great achievement that will be felt in the community for generations to come.

“Now that our load capacity is no longer restricted from diesel generators, Wunnumin Lake has been able to connect our new John George Martin Memorial School, which has space for students from junior kindergarten to Grade 10,” Mamakwa said.

“We have upgraded our teachers’ accommodations and built a new subdivision with more than 25 housing units, which are just waiting for final assessment procedures.”

Located about 575 km north of Thunder Bay, Wunnumin Lake First Nation is accessible by ice roads in the winter season and plane year-round.

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