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Fortis Ontario rolls out Future Generations Scholarship Program

Fortis Ontario rolls out Future Generations Scholarship Program

FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION, ONT.—Fortis Ontario has launched a $10,000 Future Generations Scholarship program to the Wataynikaneyap Power Project’s 24 owner First Nations in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, which took place June 21.

The scholarship represents respecting First Nations way of life and what we leave behind for future generations to come.

In addition to being a member of one of the Wataynikaneyap Power Project’s 24 First Nation owner communities, in order to be eligible for the scholarship students must be enrolled in a post-secondary or trade program for the 2022/2023 school year, with a minimum of two years remaining in their studies and be interested in pursuing a career in the Ontario energy sector.

They must also respect the values of the Wataynikaneyap Power Project, the project’s guiding principles and be willing to champion the project in public forums.

The project is an unprecedented First Nations-led project to build approximately 1,800 kilometres of transmission lines in northwestern Ontario to connect remote First Nations communities to the Ontario power grid, indicates a release. The project will reinforce the existing transmission grid to Pickle Lake and will expand grid service north of Pickle Lake and Red Lake to ultimately connect 17 First Nations. These communities are currently provided electricity through diesel generation.

“We are delighted that FortisOntario has provided this opportunity to support a student from the owner communities. Future generations are the reason we are building this transmission line. This is their project. They will receive maximum benefits in the project, and this will provide for generations to come,” said Margaret Kenequanash, CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power, in a statement. “Our youth are strong and resilient, and I look forward to seeing their applications.”

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