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Indigenous participation in renewables and the four directions of sustainability – Corporate Knights

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 202058 Views

As more renewable projects move ahead, there are four key aspects to meaningful Indigenous participation to keep in mind

This past summer, the Tahltan Nation made one of the largest clean-energy investments by a First Nation in Canadian history by purchasing 5% of three Northwest British Columbia Hydro Electric Facilities.

This is just one of many examples of Indigenous peoples reclaiming their space in the Canadian economy. Before European contact, Indigenous peoples had a robust trade economy. In 1867, through the Indian Act, Indigenous inherent economic rights were systematically and expressly stripped. Today, through examples like the Tahltan Nation investment, we see that Indigenous peoples are reclaiming their rightful place in the fabric of Canada – especially in business.

As president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and in my experience as a board member at the Ontario Power Generation, I have seen how business can be the most expedient route to lifting our communities out of poverty and getting us closer to economic reconciliation. At the same time, we’re seeing a strong push around the world for more renewable energy sources and environmentally sustainable businesses.

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