The Government of Canada recently announced an investment of $21.6 million for 14 Indigenous energy champions and their communities to begin implementing clean energy projects, through the Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative (IODI).

“Local leadership is the key to building a clean and resilient future. These energy champions—all from remote communities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador—are all leaders in their communities, and I commend them for their work,” said Yvonne Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Northern Affairs.

A distinguished, all-Indigenous panel of jurors approved the participating communities to each receive up to $1.6 million in funding:

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The Impact Canada Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative is aimed at generating new opportunities through training and capacity building, community energy planning and the implementation of clean energy and energy efficiency projects.

Delivered in collaboration with the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise and the Pembina Institute, the IODI supports the development of clean energy projects and bolsters Indigenous leadership in climate solutions. Additional project funding of up to $9 million is available through Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) program.

This initiative builds on over $700 million already committed to suppot rural and remote communities’ transition from diesel to clean energy options.

Since 2017, Natural Resources Canada has invested $75 million in six clean technology challenges under the Impact Canada Initiative: Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative, Power Forward, The Sky’s the Limit, Charging the Future, Women in Cleantech and Crush It!.

Image credit: Indigenous Clean Energy: After two years the fifth cohort of Indigenous Clean Energy’s (ICE) flagship program, the 20/20 Catalysts Program gathered in Kelowna, BC. For more info click here

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