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Movie star Adam Beach helps Sandy Lake celebrate

Movie star Adam Beach helps Sandy Lake celebrate

First Nations-owned Wataynikaneyap Power is hosting a celebration hosted by the Windtalkers and Arctic Air star.

SANDY LAKE – Film and television star Adam Beach will be the master of ceremonies at this remote First Nation on Friday when it celebrates connecting to Ontario’s electricity grid.

Wataynikaneyap Power, a First Nations-controlled company with a mission “to provide reliable and affordable energy to residents, businesses and industry in the region,” is holding the Indigenous Peoples Day celebration.

Sandy Lake, northeast of Red Lake, is one of 12 communities now getting electricity from the grid rather than diesel generators, thanks to the $1.9 billion Wataynikaneyap Power transmission line project .

Wataynikaneyap means “line that brings light” in Anishiniiniimowin (Oji-Cree).

Manitoba-born Beach’s film credits include key roles in the historical dramas Windtalkers and Flags of our Fathers, the comedies Smoke Signals and Joe Dirt and Suicide Squad.

Previous TV work includes a starring role on CBC’s Arctic Air, playing Det. Chester Lake on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the role of Tommy Flute on HBO’s Big Love.

He has a lead role in the Canadian thriller Exile.