Indigenous communities across Canada have a variety of local resources that they can harness to address their energy challenges in both remote and non-remote locations.

A recent article in The Globe & Mail titled, "Push to end energy poverty in indigenous communities underway" (Nov 24, 2016), stated:

For remote indigenous communities across Canada, the lack of clean, reliable energy is a major contributor to the grinding poverty that is a part of everyday life.

Some 200 communities in the country are not connected to an electricity grid and must rely on diesel generators for their power. They experience blackouts, fuel spills and a shortage of capacity that frustrates growth and development plans. While subsidized, the diesel is expensive – especially when warm winters melt ice roads and limit the ability of communities to truck in their fuel supply. 

As it has been across the world, electrification is considered a necessary – though far from sufficient – tool for improving lives of people living in remote, poor communities. 

Currently, most off-grid communities rely on major utility companies for large diesel generators that provide limited power – but no heat – to band facilities and houses.

Energy poverty is generally defined as a lack of access to modern energy services. It refers to the situation of large numbers of people in communities whose well-being is negatively affected by very low consumption of energy, use of dirty or polluting fuels, and excessive time spent collecting fuel to meet basic needs.

Without energy security communities cannot provide the quality lighting, health, education, communication, municipal services and other infrastructure that is required in a modern economy. These services are taken as a given by residents in urban areas of Canada.

Members of Canadian Green Fund's management team have several decades of experience working with a variety of First Nations communities in Canada.

Canadian Green Fund is committed to work with First Nations and Indigenous Communities across Canada to develop triple bottom line long-term solutions that meet the needs of all parties.

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- Ancient First Nations Proverb

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