WaterPower Canada released the 2022 edition of Paths Forward – a storybook highlighting sustainable and long-term relationships between the Canadian hydropower industry and Indigenous businesses.
Ottawa, Ontario, June 8, 2022 – WaterPower Canada (WPC) is proud to release a new collection of success stories titled Paths Forward 2022: Celebrating Indigenous businesses in Canadian hydropower. The publication celebrates partnerships in the waterpower sector between utilities, energy companies, Indigenous businesses and organizations affiliated with First Nations.
“Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples and communities presents both profound opportunities and challenges as we journey together to address the increasing demand for energy,” said Carolina Rinfret, WPC President & CEO. “We are all taking a reconciliation journey together and are committed to collaborating with Indigenous peoples, Communities and Governments to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships founded upon the shared values of recognition, respect, inclusion, and openness.”
Paths Forward publications were also released in 2015 and 2018 to showcase progress and reconciliation stories in the clean energy sector. WPC strongly believes in the need for recognizing and celebrating the growth of Indigenous businesses in the hydropower industry, and are committed to advancing reconciliation in the sector.
Paths Forward 2022 contains stories of growing relationships, new partnerships, and reconciliation initiatives across Canada, featuring WPC members and stakeholders such as Hydro-Québec, Tlingit Homeland Energy, Yukon Energy, Ontario Power Generation, TC Energy, BC Hydro, Manitoba Hydro, and SaskPower, prepared in consultation with representatives of local Indigenous communities to be strong examples of what can be achieved through collaboration.
“I hope these stories are valuable and informative for you, and I invite you to share them with others. Please reach out to speak with our association about our reconciliation journey. By initiating these important dialogues, we can advance along the paths forward together,” said Rinfret.
- WaterPower Canada has developed our Statement of Reconciliation and Commitment to Indigenous Communities and Peoples in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action 92. The Statement affirms WaterPower Canada’s commitment to building new paths forward to achieve sustainable long-term relationships founded upon the shared values of recognition, respect, inclusion, and openness. The Statement, and the Action Plan to implement it, will evolve as we initiate these important dialogues and journey along the paths forward.
About WaterPower Canada (WPC)
Founded in 1998, WaterPower Canada (WPC) is the national, not-for-profit trade association dedicated to representing the waterpower industry. Its many members span the breadth of the sector and include hydropower producers, manufacturers, developers, engineering firms and other organizations. WaterPower Canada members represent more than 95% of the waterpower installed capacity in Canada, advocating for the responsible development and use of waterpower to meet our present and future electricity needs in a sustainable manner.
For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:
Anastasia Smolentseva, Director of Communications