First Nations Lead the Way on Renewable Energy

First Nations Lead the Way on Renewable Energy

For Canada's Aboriginal communities, life expectancy and health outcomes continue to lag behind the national average. It is for this reason that MNP recently launched Operation Blue Sky: Aboriginal Health Initiative, an incentive competition designed to inspire ideas on how to improve the health and wellness of Canada's Aboriginal population of 1.1 million people.

Similarly, efforts are being made all across Canada to ensure that First Nations communities have better access to basic utilities, such as electricity. Given the high cost of extending grid lines to remote communities, the rising costs of fuel, and the impractically of relying on diesel generators for power, many First Nations are looking to renewable energy as a cleaner, cheaper, and self-sustaining alternative.

For example, on the island of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), located off the northwest coast of British Columbia, the Haida nation is looking to a combination of wind and solar to meet its future energy needs. Historically, the island's electricity has been provided by BC Hydro. But this arrangement has provided power predominantly to the islands larger towns, forcing others to rely on diesel fuel generators or simply go without. More >>

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