I am concerned about some of the assertions made by Lucien Wabanonik regarding Hydro-Québec’s record with First Nations, published Sept. 12 in reply to Serge Abergel’s Sept. 2 letter.

I understand that not everyone shares our enthusiasm about our accomplishments with respect to many Indigenous communities across Québec. However, I respectfully submit that this rebuttal does not reflect the reality of our relations with Indigenous communities, which have evolved steadily over time.

We have learned a great deal from Indigenous peoples and continue to learn from them through our business relationships and beyond. We actively seek to ensure that our projects and activities benefit Indigenous communities and contribute to improving their capacity to invest in their future and preserve their culture and way of life.

If there is one lesson we’ve learned over the past five decades of relations with Indigenous communities, it is that dialogue is key in finding common ground and practical solutions to address the legitimate concerns and aspirations of Indigenous communities, including those of the Lac Simon Anishnabe.

That’s what we are doing, and that’s what we will continue to do.

Mathieu Boucher, manager of Indigenous affairs, Hydro-Québec

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