Government of Canada’s Statement in Support of Alternative Energy Options for First Nations
Vancouver, British Columbia (February 18, 2011) — The following statement was released by the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians:
“It was a pleasure to speak and take part in today's event. This conference supports First Nations in BC by encouraging information sharing and facilitating networking and industry collaboration on sustainable energy projects. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all who have worked to organize British Columbia’s first ever Alternative Energy for First Nations gathering.
Aboriginal communities across our country are active in the field of renewable energy. They are developing clean energy projects like hydro, wind power and biomass generation. Events like this help more First Nation communities learn about renewable energy resources and become leaders in this growing sector. This gathering showcases successes and opportunities, and builds on First Nation skills and knowledge. Delegates can learn not only what can be achieved, but also how to achieve it.
Our Government is proud to support First Nations in BC as they develop and implement sustainable, economically viable clean energy projects. All Canadians benefit from strong, healthy, self-reliant Aboriginal peoples and communities.”
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable John Duncan
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
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