THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 11, 2015) -

WHAT: A press conference recognizing an additional two First Nation communities joining the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project and approval of the Environmental Assessment Amended Terms of Reference

Wataynikaneyap Power is a First Nations-led transmission company with the objective of connecting Northern Ontario's remote First Nations communities, currently serviced by diesel generation. Wataynikaneyap is unprecedented in that 20 First Nations have come together to own and benefit from development of critical infrastructure in their homelands.

WHERE: Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
555 West Arthur Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 5R5
WHEN: 1:00PM-2:00PM, Thursday, March 12, 2014
WHO: Margaret Kenequanash, Chair of Wataynikaneyap Power
Eliezar Mckay, Chair of the First Nation Holding Company

About Wataynikaneyap Power:

Wataynikaneyap Power is a First Nation-led transmission company, in partnership with Goldcorp, aiming to design, permit, construct, own, and operate a new transmission line in Northwestern Ontario that will bring grid-connection to remote First Nation communities currently powered by diesel generation. The project has been identified as a priority in Ontario's 2013 Long Term Energy Plan. Continued use of diesel generation to power First Nations communities is financially unsustainable, environmentally risky, and inadequate to meet the needs of the community.

Wataynikaneyap Power will partner with an experienced transmission company to realize the development and operation of the project. However, in the long run, the 20 First Nations expect 100% ownership of the project.

Contact Information:

John Cutfeet
Communications Officer

Laura Fracassi
Communications Associate