The best solutions for combating climate change in rural and remote Indigenous communities come from the people who live there. That is why Canadais enabling these communities to use less diesel fuel and more renewable energy — driving economic prosperity while protecting our environment.
The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, today announced a total of $3.1 million in funding for the Kluane First Nation to install and operate wind turbines that will help reduce their community’s reliance on diesel.
The community will integrate three 100-kilowatt turbines in Destruction Bay, Yukon, providing a renewable energy source for their local power grid that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create local jobs.
Natural Resources Canada’s $2-million investment came from the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program, part of the Government of Canada’s more than $180-billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. Crown-Indigenous Relations’ and Northern Affairs Canada contributed a $1.1-million investment from the Northern REACHE Program. Both programs support a more sustainable and clean energy future by investing in projects that reduce reliance on fossil fuels in Canada’s rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
Canada’s climate plan includes measures to protect the environment and leave a healthier planet for future generations, including actions to protect our oceans, phase out coal-fired electricity, invest in renewables and public transit and reduce plastic pollution. Green infrastructure and renewable energy technologies are a key part of Canada’s plan to combat climate change while growing the economy.