Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

February 18, 2011 11:30 ET

Government of Canada's Statement in Support of Alternative Energy Options for First Nations

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - The following statement was released by the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians:

"It was a pleasure to speak and take part in today's event. This conference supports First Nations in BC by encouraging information sharing and facilitating networking and industry collaboration on sustainable energy projects. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all who have worked to organize British Columbia's first ever Alternative Energy for First Nations gathering.

Aboriginal communities across our country are active in the field of renewable energy. They are developing clean energy projects like hydro, wind power and biomass generation. Events like this help more First Nation communities learn about renewable energy resources and become leaders in this growing sector. This gathering showcases successes and opportunities, and builds on First Nation skills and knowledge. Delegates can learn not only what can be achieved, but also how to achieve it.

Our Government is proud to support First Nations in BC as they develop and implement sustainable, economically viable clean energy projects. All Canadians benefit from strong, healthy, self-reliant Aboriginal peoples and communities."

This statement is also available on the Internet at

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada