With funding, more Aboriginal communities will boost economic growth through clean energy projects
TRADITIONAL TERRITORY OF THE FIRST NATIONS MUSQUEAM, SQUAMISH and TSLEIL-WAUTUTH / NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, August 30, 2019 / CNW / – Clean energy from renewable resources creates jobs and protects the natural environment in communities across British Columbia.
That's why the government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the New Relationship Trust committed $ 9.5 million to renew funding for the British Columbia Aboriginal Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) and support it.
In addition to renewed support for BCICEI, the New Relationship Trust announced the latest recipients of funding under the initiative.
Through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative of Aboriginal Services Canada, the Government of Canada Canada invested $ 4.5 million over three years to renew funding for BCICEI. This will be in addition to the $ 5 million announced by the Province of British Columbia in April as part of the CleanBC Plan to close the gap in start-up funding for clean energy projects.
Launched in 2016 and receiving $ 4.2 million in federal funding, BCICEI is a unique partnership between Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the New Relationship Trust. The BCICEI Advisory Committee is comprised of Aboriginal leaders from the clean energy sector and representatives of several federal and provincial government departments, BC Hydro and Clean Energy BC – the industry association representing clean energy sector.
Following the recommendations of its advisory committee, the BCICEI invested more than $ 3.5 million in funding for 31 projects, including 10 projects in remote, off-grid and diesel-dependent communities. These investments generated $ 37.2 million – including $ 11.7 million in Aboriginal equity – to finance projects in the areas of hydroelectricity, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power. bioenergy; and innovative electricity retrofit projects in British Columbia.
The renewed funding and support will build on previous successes by enabling more Aboriginal communities to participate in the development of local clean energy projects from the start.
The projects announced today include:
Ashcroft First Nation
Doig River First Nation
Rose Prairie, BC
Bella Bella, BC
Hesquiaht First Nation
Huu-ay-aht First Nation
Port Alberni, BC
Fort Ware, BC
Malahat First Nation
Mill Bay, BC
Saulteau First Nations
Semiahmoo First Nation
Energy recovery of waste
Stein Valley Nlakapamux School
Tsihlqot'in National Government
West Moberly First Nation
Xeni Gwet'in First Nation
Nemiah Valley, BC
TOTAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR 2019-2020
"Thanks to BCICEI, British Columbia's Aboriginal communities are leading the way in adopting sustainable energy systems and creating jobs in the green economy. We know that the BCICEI, by maintaining the nation-to-nation dialogue, will help to create a Canada cleaner and more prosperous for all of us. "
– The Honorable Navdeep BainsMinister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
"The BCICEI builds capacity and creates economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities in British Columbia. The government of Canada fully supports the New Relationship Trust in its efforts to improve our environment, one community at a time. "
– The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
"The renewed BCICEI continues to support economic opportunities for First Nations in British Columbia. By supporting First Nations efforts to develop clean energy projects, the Government of Canada Canada helps create jobs and build healthier and more sustainable communities. "
– The Honorable Seamus O'Regan, MP, MP, Minister of Aboriginal Services
"Through our CleanBC Plan, British Columbia is helping Aboriginal and remote communities make the transition to clean energy, growing their local economy and creating jobs that support families. Together we are building a cleaner and more affordable future for all. "
The Honorable Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Province of British Columbia
"Our Government is working hard to build a better and cleaner future for all as we face the challenge of climate change. Aboriginal communities are among the first to experience the significant impacts of climate change. Through CleanBC, we support sustainable economic opportunities in partnerships with First Nations participating in the British Columbia Aboriginal Clean Energy Initiative. "
– The Honorable George Heyman, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Province of British Columbia
"Such investments support our shared goal of a sustainable future for future generations. In collaboration with our First Nations partners, we are striving to build a future where clean energy – and the economic opportunities it offers – will be available to remote and off-grid communities, as well as to all British Columbians. "
– The Honorable Scott Fraser, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Province of British Columbia
"BCICEI is an excellent economic development program. We are proud of our partnerships with Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Province of British Columbia and our shared commitment to fostering the economic and environmental benefits of this initiative. Interest in clean energy continues to grow Canadaand BCICEI is helping our communities in British Columbia develop economic projects in this growing green economy. We congratulate the recipients of the 2019 funding phase. "
– Chanze Gamble, Acting Chief Executive Officer, New Relationship Trust
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For further information: Ben Stanford, Regional Manager, Communications, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Vancouver, BC, 604-365-8050, [email protected]; Media Relations, Aboriginal Services Canada, 819-953-1160, [email protected]; Kent Karemaker, Media Relations, Department of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, 250-952-0628, Cole Sayers, BC Aboriginal Clean Energy Initiative, New Relationship Trust, 604 -925-3338, [email protected]; WD toll free number: 1-888-338-9378; Teletypewriter (telecommunications device for people with hearing loss): 1-877-303-3388