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Indigenous Leaders: How Five Nations Energy powered the James Bay coast –

December 5, 2023

Pat Chilton jumped into uncharted waters in taking the helm of the Indigenous-owned transmission company

After more than a quarter century, people in Ontario’s energy sector are starting to take notice of Five Nations Energy, Inc. (FNEI).

Five Nations is the corporation behind the Omushkego Ishkotayo Project, a 270-kilometre-long transmission line that powers Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, and Kashechewan.

It’s 100 per cent Indigenous-owned and operated, the only energy transmission company of its kind in Canada.

Pat Chilton, chief executive officer of Five Nations, said in the past few years there’s been an “upsurge” in discussions around energy, and he’s more than happy to tell his — and Five Nations’ —  story.

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