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Henvey Inlet Wind Energy Centre

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Presentation Times: 1:30, 2:15 and 3:15 pm | Room 542

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Our Path to Independence

Presented by Savanta

By finding that delicate balance of using the gifts from mother earth and respecting the sacred relationship with the environment, the Henvey Inlet First Nation leadership has successfully created their path to independence.

In February 2016, Savanta was appointed by HIFN Chief and Council to serve as their Environmental Commissioner, tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Environmental Stewardship Regime including the Environmental Permit issued for the Henvey Inlet Wind Energy Centre (HIWEC) Project.

The Environmental Commissioner is a key component of a new and innovative model for Indigenous environmental stewardship and management. This model allows the First Nation to make independent and informed decisions on activities occurring within their First Nation Lands; a role traditionally played by the federal government.



Patrick Brennan  |  Councillor, Henvey Inlet First Nation

Patrick BrennanPatrick Brennan is a member of Henvey Inlet First Nation. During his three terms as a council member he has been delegated portfolios in Education, Human Resources and the Lands Portfolio. He is well versed and experienced in developing HIFN Land Laws that are specific to the HIWEC. Patrick has a passion for ensuring the inherent rights over their lands is understood and respected.



Tanya Hutchings  |  Senior Project Coordinator, Savanta

Tanya HutchingsTanya Hutchings brings over 15 years of experience to her role as Senior Project Coordinator. As an Indigenous person from Matachewan First Nation, she compliments her traditional knowledge with a strong understanding of all aspects of Indigenous Project Management. She is passionate about Indigenous projects that are inclusive to capacity building and resource management.



About Savanta

Savanta logoSavanta is the environmental consulting firm that delivers precedent-setting and meaningful outcomes. Our diverse team actively listens, thinks differently, and is passionate about delivering balanced environmental, economic, and social outcomes.

We are known for finding innovative solutions to difficult environmental and approval challenges. Our specialized natural heritage technical expertise, leading capabilities in socio-economic and climate change work, and our “out-of-the-box” thinking help us achieve desired outcomes for our clients. We work collaboratively amongst various stakeholders, turning away from the common reflex reaction to settle into polarized positions. We continue to successfully attract clients and staff that share this vision and approach to business.




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