Hydro Electric Dam Development

Hydro dam development has altered our home forever
As stewards of the land we will heal and maintain the land
for our future generations.

Hydro Electric Power

Hydroelectric power is generated when, water is collected or stored at a higher elevation.

This is usually done by building a dam, that impounds a river, usually where the river elevation drops. The water level behind the dam is called the impoundment reservoir.

The water is led downward through large tunnels to a lower elevation, that causes turbines to rotate, which in turn drives the generators to produce the electricity.

Reservoir Impoundment

Hydro Dam Development Impacts

Keeyask Hydro Dam

Reservoir Impoundment Impact on TCN Resource Area

"Hydro says that is a small area for a 695-megawatt dam, but there is nothing small about it when that is where you grew up and where your family and culture are rooted."

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Land :

Trees and brush in the expected flood zone is cleared , destroying local the animal habitat.

Water :

Sudden flooding stirs up the top soil and debris.

The “muddied” water spoils the spawning area for various fish species.

Winter Travel :

Frequent water level fluctuation during the winter months, creates dangerous conditions for snowmobile travel in the affected area.

Traditional practices and customs of Tataskweyak Cree Nation has been adversely impacted by hydro dam developement on our traditional lands.

Hunting,fishing and trapping

Eating traditional food

Living on the land

Learning traditional ways


Maintaining Our Culture & Traditions

We are actively passing on the "knowledge" that reflects our experience and understanding of the natural world to the younger generation.

We teach the values, beliefs and priorities that govern our relationships with Mother Earth and all her beings.

Our wisdom and teachings are derived and developed through living in our homeland ecosystem since time immemorial.

Monitoring Advisory Committee

Monitoring mercury effects on terrestrial and aquatic wildlife in TCN resource area .

As per the provisions of the
Adverse Effects Agreement with Manitoba Hydro.

Tataskweyak Cree Nation will take responsibility
for the management, implementation and operation
of their own community’s Offsetting Programs.

Ongoing evaluation of the success of offsetting programs, based on their intended purpose, will take place at the community level throughout Project implementation.

TCN will develop it's own approach to evaluate the effectiveness of their offsetting programs and, based on their own values and priorities, will measure whether the program(s) continue to address their concerns about Keeyask Project-related effects.

Traditional Resource
Stewarship Center

TRSC Facilities

The traditional resource stewardship center was constructed as a facility for the management of the adverse effects programs.

TRSC provides space for the storage of equipment and supplies as well as space for the implementation of educational and learning programs.

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Adverse Effects Agreement Programming

The adverse effects programs were created to offset the impacts of Keeyask construction on the traditional practices and customs of Tataskweyak Cree Nation members.

The areas affected by the Keeyask dam construction are as follows:

Hunting,fishing and trapping

Eating traditional food

Learning traditional ways

Maintaining traditional relationships with the land

Living on the land

Maintaining emotional relationship with the land

Respecting and caring for mother earth

Helping each other by sharing