OHSWEKEN– Six Nations is preparing to revisit a controversial deal with electronics giant Samsung, but very carefully.
Two years ago, the elected council signed a memorandum of understanding with Samsung about developing a 55-turbine wind farm in South Cayuga on Crown land that’s part of a Six Nations claim.
But the agreement was controversial from the start and, last January, Chief Bill Montour announced that the year-long memorandum wouldn’t be renewed because the two sides couldn’t agree on how to proceed.
Now, the band is floating the project again but offering a series of information meetings and other ways for the community to learn about the proposed project and offer input on the deal.
“It’s really important that all members of the Six Nations have the opportunity to learn about this exciting opportunity and give their voice to the final community decision,” said Montour in a news release.
The band has also been chastised by the community for making decisions without community input, so the meetings will likely help will general goodwill.
The project being discussed is a full energy park with a solar and wind component and would generate up to 250 megawatts in renewable energy.
Even more important for Six Nations, it would generate a huge economic impact with dozens, or hundreds of jobs and up to $55 million injected into the community over the next 20 years.
The community meetings will present a number of options for the band and try to collect advice for the council on whether to participate in the project.
During the information sessions, community members can even sit one-on-one with technical staff to talk.
Information is also available at www.sixnationsfuture.com, a website that will also take feedback.
Here are the times and locations of the information sessions:
– Mar. 5, 7-9 p.m., the initial community meeting at the Six Nations Community Hall
– Mar. 8, 1-4 p.m., engagement session at Six Nations Tourism, assembly room
– Mar. 13, 7-9 p.m., engagement session at Polytechnic, Grand River room 7
– Mar. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., engagement session at I. L. Thomas Elementary School
– Mar. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., engagement session at Six Nations Community Hall in Sports Den
– Mar. 22, 7-9 p.m., engagement session at Emily C. General Elementary School
– Mar. 28, 7-9 p.m., engagement session at Polytechnic, Grand River room
– April 3, 7-9 p.m., final meeting at Six Nations Community Hall
For more information, call the Six Nations Community Planner, Amy Lickers, at 519-753-1950.
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