The Pehonan Hydro Project on traditional Cree territory is proposed as part of the province’s future diverse electricity base. Developed through a partnership between three Saskatchewan First Nations, the James Smith Cree Nation, the Chakastapaysin First Nation and the Peter Chapman (Cumberland 100A), and Brookfield Renewable Power, the Pehonan Hydro Project has been under development for five years. Working closely with SaskPower and the Saskatchewan government, the First Nations and private project partners have made a substantial investment in designing a project that meets all provincial and federal regulatory conditions and which would be a legacy power generating asset for decades to come.
The Pehonan Hydro Project is located on the reserve of the James Smith Cree Nation. With the guidance of Elders, project planners have sought to develop a project which will catalyze long-term economic and social benefits for all of the province, and particularly the Prince Albert – Melfort corridor, while at the same time minimizing environmental impacts. The Project has the endorsement and active support of Mayors and Councils from over 18 cities and towns in the region.
Role of Lumos Energy
Lumos Energy has been the point of leadership for First Nations as they have sought to advance the Pehonan Hydro Project. This has entailed a close working relationship with Brookfield Renewable Power, Kiewit and SaskPower. The focus of Lumos' efforts has been to ensure the Indigenous interests of the James Smith Cree Nation, Chakastapaysin Band of the Cree Natio and the Peter Chapman First Nation are "powerfully integrated" into the Pehonan project plan. The First Nations have accorded Lumos head Chris Henderson the Cree names 'Point of the Spear' and 'Lightning'.