January 07, 2016 – The Williams Lake Indian Band (“WLIB”) and Atlantic Power (Williams Lake) Ltd. (“APWL” or “Atlantic Power”) today signed a Community Benefits Agreement (“CBA”) at a ceremony in the Chief James Louie Resource Building on Williams Lake Indian Reserve No. 1. The signing celebrates the culmination of many months of work between the two parties that will allow WLIB and APWL to work together in a mutually beneficial and positive manner. The CBA recognizes and respects the aboriginal rights, title and interests asserted by the Williams Lake Indian Band and creates a framework for the parties to discuss and address their respective interests.
“Today is a great way to start the New Year and celebrate another positive working relationship with one of the industries that conducts business on our traditional territory,” said WLIB Chief Ann Louie. “The signing of the Community Benefits Agreement with Atlantic Power demonstrates our commitment to working positively with industry.”
The Williams Lake Power Plant is a 66 megawatt biomass plant with 33 employees and annually spends several million dollars purchasing goods and services from area businesses. “Atlantic Power is honored to be welcomed on the traditional territory of the Williams Lake Indian Band,” said Atlantic Power Corporation Executive Vice President – Commercial Development, Joseph Cofelice. “The signing of the Community Benefits Agreement recognizes our relationship with our host First Nation. It demonstrates our commitment to work together to identify new opportunities, share information and to help support WLIB community programs.”
The Williams Lake Indian Band’s traditional territory covers a large area including the City of Williams Lake. Atlantic Power Williams Lake owns and operates the Williams Lake Power Plant which has served the community since 1993.
For more information or media inquiries contact:
WLIB Lands & Resources Officer
P: 250.296.3507 Ext. 123
APWL Communications Consultant