The Keeyask generating station commenced in 2012 and is a project in pre developmental stages located in Northern Manitoba, in the Split Lake Resource Management area. It is situated on the Gull Rapids on the Nelson River. This generating station will be a source of renewable energy providing "695 megawatts of capacity and producing an average of 4400 gigawatt hours of electricity each year" (Sison 2005). The main purpose of it's development was to accelerate the interest and investment in Manitoba's sustainable growth. However the future dam will be situated on the land of the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, a native community in Manitoba, who have come to an agreement with Manitoba Hydro with the "right to participate as full partnerships in the public trusteeship of such waters, including the governance, management, and benefits of these waters" (Sison 2005). The Keeyask Dam objectives have therefore expanded to take in the rights and considerations of the First Nations, including more business and employment opportunities for Manitoba's First Nations. However, there will be adverse effects on the Aboriginals and their land as "a consequence of the planning, construction and operation of the Keeyask Project, either direct or indirect. The dam will impact or change the physical, chemical, or biological quality of the environment…and risks or injuries to the health, safety, well being, comfort or enjoyment" of the Native tribes (Cree Nation Partners 2012).
Figure 1: Location of Generating Station
The implication of the Keeyask Dam is that it will still interfere with the land of the Cree Nation and the surrounding environment. There is much concern and debate among the First Nations about the effects the dam on the environment (an environmental proposal was created for the project in 2015), which could include flooding, pollution, species, mercury level, and destruction of land (Sison 2005). There is sufficient data available on some aspects of the environment of the area, particularly on water levels, and somewhat insufficient data in other aspects like species. It is important to address the effects the dam can have on the environment to ensure proper management of the dam and the sustainability of the First Nation's land.