In Episode 4 of our podcast Mission Transition, we find out how First Nations are leading the way to the clean energy economy.
First Nations have been left behind by our mainstream economy. Now they are leading the way in BC when it comes to local, clean energy generation. In this episode we look at the innovative ways they’re producing clean energy and how this could spark an opportunity to work toward reconciliation.
Susan and Caitlyn hear from Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge and a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation in Northern Alberta. Her community made the news when she helped lead an initiative to install one of Alberta’s biggest solar projects in the heart of the tarsands.
They also hear from Kekinusuqs – Dr. Judith Sayers. President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and a board member with Clean Energy BC, Judith shares her favourite examples of energy projects that are providing real benefits to First Nations and explains how the government’s decision to proceed with the Site C dam is a blow to First Nations. You can hear more from Dr. Judith Sayers in Episode 3: Jobs in Clean Energy.
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Featured In This Episode:
- Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Lubicon Cree Solar
- Clean Energy BC
- Hupacasath Run of River Project
- Kanaka Bar Hydro Project
- Innergex Kwoiek Creek Hydroelectric Project
- SEEDS Energy Literacy Toolkit
- Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education
First Nation Energy Projects In The News:
- CCPA, BC First Nations Are Poised To Lead The Renewable Energy Transition
- The Sun Keeps Shining on T’Souke Nation
- T’Souke Going Green…Really Green
- Tsleil-Waututh First Nation charts brighter course with 160-panel solar facility
- BC Hydro Backs Away From Sarita River Power Project
Feature image: Melina Laboucan-Massimo