Kivalliq Hydro Fibre Link
The Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link project is an Inuit-led project to connect the Kivalliq region of Nunavut to the Manitoba hydro-electric grid. The project will also bring broadband internet services to the region. The project’s vision is to build a 1,200 km high-voltage electricity line, starting at the Keewatinohk Converter Station. It will connect to over 370 km of lower voltage “feeder” lines to link five communities (Arviat, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Rankin Inlet, and Whale Cove). It will be rated at 150 MW of capacity and have a fibreoptic bandwidth capacity of at least 1,200 gigabytes per second. The project will also provide renewable energy and fibreoptic internet to the mining industry in Nunavut.
The project is still in the pre-development phase, advancing feasibility work in both Manitoba and Nunavut. Fox Lake Cree Nation has expressed initial support for the work being done on the KHFL. On December 4, 2021 Fox Lake signed an MOU with the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) on shared priorities and in support of the work that is underway. While our eventual potential support of this project will depend on how our concerns will be mitigated and what benefits and partnership agreements are reached, we believe this project can provide benefits for Indigenous communities.
Fortescue is one of the largest iron ore producers in the world and is looking to develop major green energy infrastructure related projects, including exploring the potential for hydrogen development. Five Cree Nations, including Fox Lake, have signed an MOU with Fortescue to explore the feasibility of constructing generating capacity (Conawapa) and a hydrogen plant in the region. This project has the potential for significant environmental benefits as well as jobs and support for the Churchill rail line and Port. There is also the potential for equity investment for First Nations.