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Wash’ake Mayzoon – a positive step forward with Indigenous communities – Manitoba Hydro

April 19, 2022

New convertor station heralds growth in the Portage area

The name of the new, yet-to-be-built, electrical station in the Portage area, Wash’ake Mayzoon (wa-shock-ee may-zoon), harmonizes two languages and illustrates an evolution of a relationship between Manitoba Hydro and Indigenous communities.

Wash’ake, which sounds like shock in English, means power in the Dakota language, and it represents the power of working together, the power of involvement, and the actual physical power the station will house.

Mayzoon means house in Michif, which is a Metis language, and the two words combined could describe the function of an electrical station.

Manitoba Hydro is planning to build a new 230-kilovolt transmission line starting at Dorsey converter station (northwest of Winnipeg) and ending at Wash’ake Mayzoon station (west of Portage la Prairie) to meet the area’s increasing electricity needs and enhance reliability for customers in Portage la Prairie and surrounding areas. Growth in the Brandon and Portage la Prairie region, including the addition of new industrial customers, is increasing electricity demand.

Read More: https://www.hydro.mb.ca/articles/2022/04/washake_mayzoon_a_positive_step_forward_with_indigenous_communities/

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