Canada Invests in Indigenous Communities’ Clean Energy Capacity in Newfoundland and Labrador

EIN 31 CS green rural 400

July 23, 2019

The best ideas for clean energy in remote Indigenous communities come from the people who live there. 

Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, has announced that the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) will receive $245,000 to hire a clean energy research coordinator to liaise between the NCC, research and not-for-profit partners, and communities to implement clean energy alternatives to diesel fuel.

This project aims to increase community-level involvement in clean energy by hosting accessible, collaborative and culturally appropriate gatherings that focus on community perspectives and youth engagement activities tailored to community needs. The gatherings will create opportunities for education, training and youth employment through NCC’s research partners, and improve intergenerational and intercommunity communication.

Funding for the project comes from the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program and is part of Canada’s more than $700 millioninvestments to help rural and remote communities move off diesel.

Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that reliable, affordable clean energy solutions are not a luxury but a necessity for Canada’s low-carbon future. The Government of Canada will continue to support clean energy initiatives that create jobs, support investment and industry competitiveness, advance our clean future and help realize our global climate change goals.

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