Hydro-Quebec and the Betsiamites Innu First Nations are forming a partnership on a new hydro-electric project in Quebec’s North Shore area.

The $82-million project involves the partial diversion of three rivers: the Portneuf, Sault-aux-Chochons and Manouane. The local band will cough up 17 per cent of the cost.

An agreement was signed on Aboriginal Day, June 21. Hydro-Quebec’s CEO André Caillé said, “It was a great day.” Hydro-Quebec is looking at signing other agreements with
First Nations in the near future.