A celebration marked by traditions
On June 22, under a large tent on the construction site of the Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm, the representatives of the three Mi’gmaq First Nations of Quebec as well as those of Innergex greeted over 150 guests to celebrate the launch of the project, the result of 7 years of labour.
The emotionally-charged ceremony began with the entrance of a small group of community members dressed in traditional costumes, marching in to the sound of the drums. Following to the ancient tradition, sage leaves were burnt to attract positive energy, together with the recital of Mi’gmaq prayers. Among the hosts, the chiefs of the Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj communities, Executive Director of the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat Troy Jerome, Innergex’s president Michel Letellier and Senior Director – Development, Partnerships and Community Relations Louis Robert, the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador Ghislain Picard and the Minister responsible for Native Affairs Geoffrey Kelly, all delivered inspiring speeches, reminding the attendees of the importance and significance of the project for the Mi’gmaq communities, because of its contribution to the autonomy and economic development of the communities’ future generations.