On a field trip for the CERIUM summer school, Thomas Mulcair, Sara Teitelbaum and a delegation of UdeM students visited the Montérégie wind farm and the Mohawk community of Kahnawà:ke.
On May 29, 31 students visited the Montérégie Wind Farm and the Mohawk community of Kahnawà:ke on the South Shore of Montreal, accompanied by their professors from Université de Montréal, Thomas Mulcair and Sara Teitelbaum.
As part of their weeklong summer school of the CERIUM, UdeM's international-affairs centre, the students learned about common governance of natural resources and solutions to address socio-environmental issues.
In the morning they were hosted by Kruger Energy, which operates the wind farm, a 100-megawatt installation of 44 turbines in Saint-Rémi, Saint-Michel, Saint-Constant, Saint-Isidore and Mercier. After a presentation by Benjamin Phaneuf and Viviane Maraghi on the operation, the maintenance and the social acceptability of the project, the group got a tour of a wind turbine.
In the afternoon, the students were welcomed in Kahnawà:ke by several members of the community. Joe "Sose" Jacobs, John "Bud" Morris and Charles "Chuck" Barnett led the discussion and the event was co-organized by Marissa Leblanc.
A traditional dinner was offered along with a presentation on Mohawk socio-economic development, history and culture at the Tewatohnhi'saktha centre of the Economic Development Commission of Kahnawà:ke.