Last week, a group of business, First Nations and community leaders collaborating to create a BC First Nations Clean Energy Program, hand delivered a letter to Premier Christy Clark, inviting her to join the conversation.

The letter [copy available for download below] outlines the main elements of a program designed to enable all communities in British Columbia to benefit from the growing clean energy sector. With a number of First Nations communities in BC not yet connected to the transmission grid and still reliant on diesel generators, they have a vested interest in developing renewable energy projects. Projects which they believe will support the provincial government’s goals for protecting the environment, greening our electricity grid, reducing carbon emissions and creating jobs.

Signed and supported by, Ecotrust Canada; BC Bioenergy Network; BC First Nations Forestry Council; Bull, Housser and Tupper, LLP; Clean Energy BC; First Nations Energy and Mining Council of BC; Kerr Wood Leidal Associates; Pulse Energy; MacDonald, Dettwiller and Associates, the letter asks Premier Clark for the opportunity to meet and discuss the vision of the group in person.

Ecotrust Canada fully supports the development of a clean energy industry in BC. By signing in support of this letter, we continue our work with First Nations to help create, and benefit from, alternative energy projects across the province.