The Inukjuak River Hydroelectric Project near the community of Inukjuak is an initiative of the Pituvik Landholding Corporation (PLC) for all the Inuit beneficiaries in the community of Inukjuak. 

The project is an opportunity for Inukjuak to develop a clean energy project to reduce diesel fuel consumption and to promote sustainable economic development.
Project Milestones
The Inukjuak River Hydro Project has reached 2 Milestones since May 2008:

  • Feasibility Study Plan Nearing Completion: The project Feasibility Plan is nearing completion.   This plan lays out in some detail the approach that PLC will adopt to complete the Feasibility Study for the project.  It lays out tasks and time tables and is used to keep the project on track.  Preparing the Plan has been an interactive process between the PLC Board and Clean Energy Advisor, Lumos Energy and Groupe RSW. 

  • Project Meetings: Government of Quebec and Hydro Quebec: In the summer months, PLC Vice-President, Michael Kasudluak and Treasurer, Tommy Palliser travelled to Montreal and Quebec City for meetings with officials of the Government of Quebec and Hydro Quebec.  Ministries such as Economic Development, Aboriginal Affairs, Natural Resources, Housing and Environment were consulted about the project.  In addition, PLC Directors met with the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Quebec to brief him about the project.


Major Activities
The Inukjuak River Hydro Project Team has been active:

  • Environmental Baselines Completed: PLC’s engineering company on the project, Groupe RSW has been very active in the late summer/early fall.  Three major activities have been completed, or shall be completed shortly: LIDDAR Radar mapping of the hydro site, reservoir and adjacent lands, environmental baselines of fishery, habitat and wildlife; and installation of a hydraulic meter on the Inukjuak River.

  • Project Financing: Lumos Energy has been leading efforts to secure funding for the Feasibility Stage of the project.


Next Steps
In the next 3 months, Inukjuak River Hydro Project Team plans to be focused on the following areas:

  • Project Briefing Ottawa: PLC President will travel to Ottawa to present the project to a range of officials at the headquarters of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.  The session has been arranged by INAC’s, Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat

  • Hydro Quebec: Discussions will be advanced with Hydro Quebec to determine the utility’s participation in the project, and the process of power procurement

  • Discussions with Groupe RSW: PLC will be meeting with Groupe RSW to plan out the details for the engineering components of the Feasibility Study, and to determine the nature and terms of Groupe RSW’s participation in the project.
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Inukjuak River Hydro Project
Project Update October 2008
Project Milestones
The Inukjuak River Hydro Project has reached 3 Milestones since January 2008:

  • Pre-Feasibility Study Completed:  The project Pre-Feasibility Study has been completed by Groupe RSW of Montreal.  The study examined the potential of several hydro sites near the community and provided recommendations on a preferred site on the Inukjuak River.  Pituvik thanks Hydro Quebec for its support of the Pre-Feasibility Study. 

  • Services of Clean Energy Advisor Obtained:  Pituvik has secured the on-going services of Chris Henderson, President of Lumos Energy as Clean Energy Advisor to the project.  Chris is the leading clean energy advisor to First Nation and Inuit communities across Canada.

  • Community Planning Meeting Held and Feasibility Study Motion Approved: A very important Community meeting on the project has held in Inukjuak, on April 22nd, which also happened to be Earth Day.  The beneficiaries heard about the project and identified issues such as water quality, fish and habitat that need to be considered.  The beneficiaries approved a Motion to proceed with the Project Feasibility Study over the next 18-24 months.


Major Activities
The Inukjuak River Hydro Project Team has been active:

  • Reviewing the RSW Pre-Feasibility Study including several meetings with RSW personnel, and technical reviews of the study by Lumos Energy.

  • Participating in Aboriginal Clean Energy Conferences to equip the project team with information and know how about small hydro development.


Next Steps
In the next 3 months, Inukjuak River Hydro Project Team plans to be focused on the following areas:

  • Environmental Baselines:  Prepare a plan and seek to obtain financial support for Environmental Baseline studies to be completed in the summer/fall 2008.

  • Partner and Supporter Briefings: Project briefings to Hydro Quebec, and key ministries/agencies in the Quebec government, and to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

  • Project Funding: Seeking support for Feasibility Study and implementation of the project
Inukjuak River Hydro Project
Project Update April 2008
Project Milestones
The Inukjuak River Hydro Project has reached 2 Milestones since October 2008:

  • Feasibility Study Plan Completed: The project Feasibility Plan for the Innavik Hydro Electric Project is complete.  It has been reviewed by the PLV Board and presented to project partners, Hydro Quebec, and the governments of Canada and Quebec.  This plan lays out in some detail the approach that PLC will adopt to complete the Feasibility Study for the project.  

  • Project Application Filed with Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources: Led by Engineering Partner, Groupe RSW, the application to consider use of the waters of the Inukjuak River for hydro power generation has been filed with the Ministry of Natural Resources.  Over the next year, this will trigger an environmental review process to ensure that the environment is protected.  This process has also involved consultations with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans.


Major Activities
The Inukjuak River Hydro Project Team has been active:

  • Government of Canada Presentations: Led by PLC President, Eric Atagotaaluk a delegation made presentations on the Innavik project to the government of Canada in Ottawa, including to a well attended session in Ottawa organized by the Inuit Relations Secretariat.  Funding requests have been submitted to federal agencies led by PLC Clean Energy Advisor, Lumos Energy.

  • Project Partnership Discussions:  PLC has been engaged in discussions with Groupe RSW regarding their participation as Project Engineering Partner. 

  • Hydro Quebec: Project discussions with Hydro Quebec continue to be quite active.  PLC has presented Hydro Quebec with the project plans, and is seeking a formal response from the provincial utility on their collaboration in the Innavik project.


Next Steps
In the next 3 months, Inukjuak River Hydro Project Team plans to be focused on the following areas:

  • Feasibility Study Ramp-Up: Over the next few months the Feasibility Study process for the project will become much busier.  Groupe RSW will begin preliminary project design work, and planning for the Environmental Impact Assessment scheduled to begin in the Summer 2009

  • Government of Quebec Presentations: The PLC Board, Management and Advisors are planning presentations to government of Quebec agencies to get them more actively involved in supporting aspects of the project.
Inukjuak River Hydro Project
Project Update January 2009
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President
Eric Atagotaaluk

Vice-President
Johnny Mina

Secretary-Treasurer
Andy Moorhouse

Directors
Abraham Kasudluak
Annie K. Alaku
Nancy P. Kalai
Noah Pov

General Manager
Mike Carroll

Asst. General Manager
and Registrar
Minnie Palliser

Field Supervisor
Jonah Kalai

Heavy Equip. Operator
Jonah Kalai

Mechanic
Moses Atagotaaluk

Secretary/Receptionist
Nancy Nastapoka

Property Management Administrator
Megan Epoo

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