Media Contacts

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

250 920-5079


First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund 2015 projects

Equity Funding:

‘Namgis First Nation, near Alert Bay, received $400,000 to support an equity investment in the Kokish River run-of-river hydroelectric project.

Beecher Bay First Nation, near Sooke, received $400,000 to support the construction of a residential ocean-thermal heating system.

Saulteau First Nation, near Chetwynd, received $150,000 to replace a plant nursery’s propane heating with a cleaner, biomass heating system.

Capacity Funding:

Naut’sa Mawt Tribal Council, representing First Nations in the areas of the Strait of Georgia and Strait of Juan de Fuca, received $80,000 to create Community Energy Plans for the Halalt First Nation, Homalco First Nation, Tsawwassen First Nation, and Stz’uminus First Nation.

Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nation, near Kyuquot, received $40,000 to study the feasibility of a proposed one megawatt run-of-river hydroelectric project on a creek in the First Nation's traditional territory.

The Tsilhqot’in National Government, near Williams Lake, received $40,000 to study the feasibility of a proposed large-scale, grid-connected solar farm on a former industrial site in Tsilhqot'in traditional territory.

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, near Alert Bay, received $30,000 to create a new Community Energy Plan and assessment of future opportunities in the clean energy sector.

Quatsino First Nation, near Coal Harbour, received $31,998 to study the feasibility of a proposed five megawatt run-of-river hydroelectric project on a creek in the First Nation’s traditional territory.

Kitsumkalum First Nation, near Terrace, received $40,000 to study the feasibility of developing a 15-megawatt wood-burning, biomass electrical plant on the nation’s reserve lands.

Wet’suwet’en First Nation, near Burns Lake, received $30,000 to explore potential clean energy opportunities and ways of reducing energy use through the development of a new community energy plan.

Musqueam Indian Band, near Vancouver, received $28,500 to develop a community energy plan looking at ways to ensure more efficient energy use, develop new sources of alternative energy and find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

K’omoks First Nation, near Courtenay, received $28,000 to develop community energy plan to build community awareness and understanding of energy issues and explore options to improve energy efficiency, reduce electricity use and assess potential clean energy projects.

Snuneymuxw First Nation, near Nanaimo, received $30,000 to undertake an energy and emissions plan for its community. The plan will create awareness in the community of its energy footprint and provide advice to reduce energy use in homes and other buildings.

We Wai Kai First Nation, near Campbell River, received $30,000 for its community energy plan. Overall goals are to minimize community energy use and reduce energy costs at the band’s cultural centre.

Media Assets

These assets are subject to the terms of the News Footage License - British Columbia.