Shifting the Power in Remote Communities
Why It Matters
Clean air, energy democracy, and renewable sources are all vital to sustainable development and reconciliation in Canada. The key is understanding local context, while putting power—literally and figuratively—in local hands. It’s a system change that allows for environmental, social, and economic good.
The Indigenous community of Gull Bay First Nation on the western shore of Lake Nipigon in northern Ontario is a remote, off-grid community, unconnected to the province’s electricity system.
Citizens rely on diesel for all of the community’s power needs leading to pollution and ill health.
Much needed change is coming, something that can be replicated across other remote communities across Canada.
In March 2019, a new solar power system will be switched on to replace diesel fuel. This is a new dawn for leaders and community members of the Gull Bay First Nation, not only for the pollution relief it will provide, but because 100 percent of this new solar power micro grid will be owned by the community.
This example is being replicated across the country.
Hundreds of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities have pioneered clean energy projects i
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