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Opinion – Feds must incorporate Indigenous youth in clean energy push – iPolitics

by ahnationtalk on July 14, 202054 Views

Jul 14, 2020

“Ottawa can fund a national clean-energy capacity-building platform to bring Indigenous leaders together with provinces and territories, project developers and financiers, and utilities. As part of that effort, this generation of Indigenous youth should be equipped to lead a clean-energy army that would bring their energy, talent and, eventually, expertise to the challenges and opportunities that confront us.”

Three Mi’gmaw communities in the Gaspe region of Quebec have been reaping the wind for the past four years as a result of their 50-per-cent ownership in a 150-megawatt wind farm on their traditional territory.

The Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n project is an important signpost as Indigenous communities have taken increasing ownership stakes in clean-energy projects across Canada. As a group, Indigenous people are now the largest owners of clean-energy assets after government and public utilities.

As we work to meet Canada’s commitments to dramatically reduce and eventually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, First Nations, Métis and Inuit are playing a leadership role. But more can be done.

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