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Dec 20, 2022
Federal, Ontario governments to meet First Nation to discuss connection to Canadian grid in 2023
The chief of a Treaty 3 First Nation in northwestern Ontario says she’s shocked to learn that the expensive power they import from the U.S. is actually generated in Manitoba.
Making it worse, Linda McVicar says, is the price Animakee Wa Zhing 37 pays for electricity is double the average rate for Manitoba residents.
Earlier this winter, a CBC News story revealed Windigo Island — a remote community that’s part of Animakee Wa Zhing 37, located on Lake of the Woods and accessible only by boat or ice road — wants to be connected to the Canadian grid, because of lofty power costs made more expensive by a weak Canadian-U.S. exchange rate.
Since then, CBC News has confirmed the Manitoba connection to the power Windigo Island imports from Minnesota.
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