Halalt First Nation will be upgrading heating systems within homes and community buildings. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Halalt First Nation pursues energy efficiency

Funding supports work to upgrade heating systems

The Halalt First Nation is among four on Vancouver Island moving ahead with clean-energy projects that will reduce greenhouse gases and lead to substantial cost savings for their communities.

“We all have an important part to play in moving B.C. toward a future increasingly powered by clean, renewable energy sources,” said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

“When it comes to developing and implementing clean-energy alternatives, many Indigenous communities are leading the way. The Province is pleased to support this work. Through the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund, we are investing in business ventures that both reduce air pollution and increase economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.”

The Province has granted more than $930,000 from the FNCEBF to four clean-energy projects in 2019, as well as 10 communities that will use the money to study the need and feasibility of future clean-energy projects in their communities.

Funding for the FNCEBF helps Indigenous communities in their efforts to pursue clean-energy projects. It also supports CleanBC, the Province’s plan to give British Columbians new opportunities to build a cleaner future while protecting B.C.’s clean air, land and water.

“We hear, we see, we know how our planet, water and air is being affected from global warming,” said Halalt First Nation Chief James Thomas. “We are at the tipping point of no return. If we all participate to help one another out, we may be able to make a dent in saving our planet. The installation of heat pumps and access to grants, such as the equity fund, allow us to be part of the solution and not the problem. When communities and individuals take initiative to participate in programs, such as installing heat pumps, utilizing curbside recycling and getting rid of the use of plastics, there will be a larger, overall impact on our planet.”

The Halalt First Nation received $142,285 from the fund to support work to upgrade the heating systems in 30 homes and community buildings.

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