Canada invests in community-based clean energy projects in the Northwest Territories

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, April 1, 2021 / CNW / – Climate change is having a dramatic impact on Canada’s North, and many Indigenous communities believe that building a resilient future requires reliable sources of support. clean energy. The government of Canada invests in clean energy projects led by remote Indigenous communities to help build a low-emission future, reduce reliance on diesel, and advance reconciliation and self-determination.

On behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honorable Seamus O’Regan Jr.Northwest Territories MP Michael V. McLeod today announced more than $ 640,000 for two projects that will help rural and remote communities in the Northwest Territories fight climate change by reducing their dependency diesel fuel used for heating and power.

The first investment, of $ 442,000, goes to the Paulatuk Community Corporation for the realization of the Beaufort Hamlet Energy project. This project, which will be carried out with the hamlet of Ulukhaktok, provides for the development of a community energy plan in support of future initiatives to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. In particular, it will improve energy knowledge and the development of skills with a view to reducing dependence on diesel.

The second investment, of $ 200,000, will help the Rat River Development Corporation build a sustainable value chain to supply wood chips to the Gwich’in Nation. The chips will come from locally harvested willows and will be used in biomass systems of Fort McPherson and surrounding areas, which will contribute to Aboriginal employment and participation in economic activity in the bioenergy and forestry sectors.

Federal funds for the two projects come from the program Clean energy for rural and remote communities of Natural Resources Canada. The $ 220 million program aims to reduce dependence on diesel in rural and remote communities by deploying and demonstrating renewable energy projects, promoting energy efficiency and building skills and resources at scale. local. It is part of the federal plan Invest in the Canada – an infrastructure investment of more than $ 180 billion in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and freight routes as well as rural and northern communities in the Canada.

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As mentioned in the strengthened climate plan of the Canada, A healthy environment and a healthy economyProviding access to clean and affordable heating and power options is a priority for the government. That’s why it is investing an additional $ 300 million to give rural, remote and Indigenous communities currently dependent on diesel the opportunity to be powered by clean, reliable energy by 2030.


“Indigenous communities and businesses are promoting innovative solutions to combat climate change, while creating local jobs and advancing self-determination. We applaud them for leading the way in energy transformation. “

Michael V. McLeod
Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories

“Indigenous peoples and communities are leaders in the transition from Canada towards clean growth. By working with them, we are able to implement good projects – and achieve good results. “

Seamus O’Regan Jr.
Minister of Natural Resources of Canada

“Paulatuk calls itself the capital of the southerly winds. In winter, the winds sometimes blow so hard and for so long that they form snow banks high enough to bury houses. Children can literally descend from rooftops by sliding on snow banks. In 2007, we attended a wind energy congress in Tuktoyaktuk, an event sponsored by the Government of the Northwest Territories. Experts fromAlaska and elsewhere in the world then talked about what we could do to replace certain fossil fuels with wind energy in our communities. We have kept in touch with some of these experts, particularly those who, in Alaska, were working to set up community wind farms to heat homes. We are grateful to be part of the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program. We have just formed our working group and are now starting to build new partnerships and increase the skills of our residents. Our goal is to create long-term jobs, develop local know-how, lower energy costs and reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels. Thanks to the government of Canada to believe in ourselves and in our specialists. “

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Ray Ruban
Paulatuk Energy Working Group

“Our former chef, the late Johnny W. Kyikavichik, had a biomass project in mind and he materialized it by working tirelessly on it to raise funds, organize workshops and forge alliances. Willows and trees are now lush around the Peel River in the Gwich’in settlement area. Studies have shown that they can be burned in biomass boilers to heat not only the Charles-Koe Building (TGC-DGO Office Building) but also other community infrastructure. Thanks to the idea of Johnny from heating with willows and creating employment in the community, we are pushing the use of bioenergy as far as possible to realize the vision of self-sufficiency in alternative energy. I would like to thank Natural Resources Canada for his investment and support for this important project that opens up possibilities for the Gwich’in Nation. We intend to continue this collaboration with Natural Resources Canada and the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program. “

Leslie Blake
President, Rat River Development Corporation

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