We are excited to announce that applications for the 2017 20/20 Catalysts Program are now open!
The 20/20 Catalysts Program is the country’s leading Indigenous clean energy capacity building program. The Program is an opportunity for individuals from Indigenous communities across Canada to learn the concepts and strategies needed to advance clean energy projects for the benefit of their communities.
Over the three months of the Program, participants (Catalysts) gain skills and knowledge in: community engagement, economic development, job creation, project financing, and reinvestment. They also connect with over 30 of country’s leading clean energy experts. Individuals like Chief Jim Leonard of Rainy River First Nation, who led his community through the development of a 30 MW, $175 million solar project that is wholly owned by his Nation.
But most importantly, participants leave the Program feeling empowered to realize their projects.
Through the Program, Rosa Brown, Lands Manager with the Vuntut Gwitchin Government, was able to reboot a solar project in the diesel dependent community of Old Crow in northern Yukon. That project has now been shortlisted for the Arctic Inspiration Prize. David Jeremiah and Cara Sanders, are leveraging their new knowledge to advance efforts to build a set of energy efficient, solar powered homes in David’s community of North Caribou. Their stories aren’t unique among their peers you can learn more about the impact each of the 2016 Catalysts are having by clicking here. The video below also highlights different components and outcomes from the Program.
The 2017 Program will build on this year’s success and continue to take Indigenous clean energy leadership to new heights. Next year’s Program will run from May-July 2016 in Alberta, New Brunswick, and Ontario.