The provincial government has confirmed it is now accepting applications until the end of January for the next round of funding from the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.
This year slightly more than 1.3 million dollars was invested in fourteen First Nations new clean energy projects, and since 2011 the government investment has exceeded 6.8 million dollars in support of 116 aboriginal communities.
Local area support this year included 150 thousand dollars to the Saulteau First Nation near Chetwynd for a cleaner, lower cost, biomass heating system, at a plant nursery, replacing one fuelled by propane.
The Twin Sisters Native Plant Nursery grows plant species used in site reclamation by the mining and oil and gas industries. By providing local plant stock for reclamation, the nursery is playing an important role in helping restore post-industrial lands to natural, healthy and productive ecosystems.
Funding for clean energy projects and agreements is part of the government’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations, and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister, John Rustad, says “These are the kind of projects that can reduce harmful emissions, strengthen local economies, and create well-paying jobs”.