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Catalyzing Action – Indigenous clean energy leaders gather for the first time on Inuit land in Iqaluit, NU for the 20/20 Catalysts Program

IQALUIT, NU, July 10, 2022 – For the first time in program history, Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise’s flagship capacity-building program, the 20/20 Catalysts Program, is honoured to be hosting the program’s second onsite in Iqaluit, NU on July 10-17, 2022.

Indigenous clean energy leaders gather in Kelowna, BC for the 20/20 Catalyst Program 

KELOWNA, BC, May 2, 2021 – After two years of virtual gatherings, Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise’s flagship capacity-building program, 20/20 Catalysts Program is hosting the program first onsite in Kelowna, BC on May 1-6, 2022.

Charge Up, a new initiative to bring EV chargers to rural and remote Indigenous communities  

OTTAWA, ON, March 3, 2022 – Recognizing the challenges that many Indigenous communities in rural and remote areas face incorporating EV technology, Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE) is launching Charge Up, an initiative that aims to accelerate the implementation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in communities across Canada.

Indigenous-led Climate Action Going Global at COP26 

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 25, 2021 – Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) is pleased to announce its participation at COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland from Oct. 31 to Nov.12, which aims to bring communities, civil society groups, heads of state, climate experts, negotiators, business leaders together to tackle climate change.  

ImaGENation, a new Indigenous youth mentorship program has just launched 

OTTAWA, ON, August 12, 2021 – In partnership with SevenGen and Student Energy, Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) is pleased to announce the official launch of ImaGENation (Imagine-Nation), a capacity-building program that will support 10 teams of Indigenous youth from across Canada to kick-start a clean energy project.

Decolonizing Power, a new podcast series that will take you around the globe to explore successful community-led and partner clean energy projects  

OTTAWA, ON, June 7, 2021 – Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise has launched a new podcast series, Decolonizing Power, that illustrates inspiring stories about Indigenous and community-led clean energy projects from around the world. 

Introducing Generation Power, a capacity-building program led by Indigenous youth for Indigenous youth 

OTTAWA, ON, May 11, 2021 – Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE) announced today the official launch of Generation Power, an Indigenous youth clean energy and career training program To learn more about the program, visit and apply to be part of the first cohort. 

Launch of 'Energy Foundations' Report

OTTAWA, ONApril 15, 2021 – Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE), an organization advancing the clean energy leadership First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people across Canada, announced the release of Energy Foundations, a detailed national report on energy efficiency and housing in Indigenous communities.

Accelerating Transition' Data Report

OTTAWA, ON, July 8, 2021 – Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE) is introducing the 2020 Accelerating Transitions Report. This is a carefully constructed document that identifies the many ways that the Clean Energy Sector has become dominated by Indigenous-centred Leadership. 

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Iqaluit workshop focuses on more community ownership of clean energy projects

Nunatsiaq News — Participants given opportunity to connect to mentors, build partnerships.

What Can We Learn from Indigenous Communities about Microgrids?

Microgrid KnowledgeIn Canada, indigenous community members, developers and utilities work together to maximize the potential of microgrids to combat climate change, with indigenous communities often owning a share in the projects.

Indigenous Peoples Want to Move Towards Clean Energy Sovereignt

IPS NewsGLASGOW, Nov 9 2021 (IPS) - In the community of Bella Bella on Turtle Island in the western Canadian province of British Columbia, the indigenous Heiltsuk people capture heat from the air through devices in 40 percent of their homes, in a plan aimed at sustainable energy sovereignty.

The Current with Matt Galloway - Young activists in Canada fighting climate change

CBC's The CurrentTens of thousands of young climate activists marched through Glasgow Friday, to protest what they see as a lack of meaningful progress on tackling the climate crisis. We spoke to three young activists who have travelled from Canada to COP26 — Shakti Ramkumar, Freddie Huppé Campbell and Sadie Vipond — about their fears, and hopes, for the future. 

The silent strength of Indigenous renewable energy micro-grids

Canada's National ObserverFor the first time since the 1970s, silence descended on the tiny, isolated village of Old Crow in Canada’s Arctic in August.

Indigenous-led clean energy projects can fuel reconciliation

Canada's National ObserverIndigenous-led clean energy projects empower communities and can fuel a just transition to a sustainable economy, say advocates sharing strategies at the UN climate conference in Glasgow.

Non-profit group to put spotlight on Indigenous clean energy voices at COP26 summit

The Globe and MailMihskakwan James Harper and other delegates from Indigenous Clean Energy will be urging them to also think small: specifically, about how micro-grid projects owned and operated by Indigenous communities can help power a lower-carbon world.

Indigenous energy leaders to present at the COP26 climate change conference

WindspeakerOfficials from Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) are playing a significantly different role this year at a major international conference.

APTN National News November 2, 2021 – Making a fashion statement, More Winnipeg taxi trouble

APTN National NewsMihskakwan James Harper joined APTN National News from COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland to share an update about the conference.

First Nations delegates say COP26 discussion should prioritize Indigenous knowledge

CBC NewsJames Harper, who is Nehiyaw from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Alberta, is a delegate with Indigenous Clean Energy, a not-for-profit dedicated to involving Indigenous people in clean energy projects.

Bringing Indigenous-led clean energy alternatives to COP26

CBC 'Fresh Air'Chris Henderson, Executive Director of Indigenous Clean Energy and Freddie Huppé Campbell, who is coordinating Indigenous Clean Energy's COP26 program, speak about why they're attending the United Nations climate change summit in Scotland and how they're promoting Indigenous-led clean energy alternatives.

Is Marc Miller’s vow to ‘give land back’ all sizzle, no steak? These analysts say yes

APTN 'Nation to Nation'The group Indigenous Clean Energy is sending a delegation. Freddie Campbell co-hosts a podcast called Decolonizing Power and is one of the delegates heading overseas.

Indigenous energy partnerships are key to Truth and Reconciliation

BNN BloombergAn increasing number of Indigenous communities see involvement in energy projects as a solution that will push forward true reconciliation.

Student Energy signs joint venture, aims to raise millions for youth-led clean energy projects

CBC Edmonton —A global youth network co-founded by an Edmontonian is one step closer to its goal of funding 10,000 youth-led clean energy projects by 2030.

Happy Cones: Canada’s First Solar-Powered Ice Cream Trailer

Antigonish, Nova Scotia, July 2021 — Happy Cones is a solar-powered ice cream trailer created, owned, and operated by high school students, and designed to promote the incredible benefits of solar energy while providing youth summer employment.

10 To Watch List Announced At The 3rd Annual INDIGENOMICS By Design Forum

Coast Salish Territory, Victoria, B, June 24 The Indigenomics Institute announced its 2021, 10 To Watch List highlighting Indigenomics business success from across the country at its third annual 'Taking A Seat At The Economic Table, Indigenous By Design Forum' held virtually on June 22-23.

Canada Invests in Green Jobs for Youth

Natural Resources Canada — The Government of Canada is building a clean energy future, creating good jobs and supporting workers in the natural resource sectors. This includes new job opportunities for youth, providing them with a strong foundation for their future.

Opinion: Investing in ensuring homes are energy-efficient will ensure a healthier future for Indigenous communities —We need to take ambitious action to dramatically improve energy efficiency in Indigenous communities and address the housing challenges faced by families.

Surging Indigenous renewable projects lead shift to clean energy future — Mounting an Indigenous-led clean energy project in Canada’s remote communities takes a special kind of resilience, as best intentions meet the harsh reality of permitting delays, construction deadlines and difficult negotiations with governments and local utilities. At a recent Gathering of Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE), Nihtat Energy Ltd.

Opinion: With Indigenous green-energy projects already proving their worth, it's time for Ottawa to invest Remote communities across Canada are pursuing opportunities in renewables that reduce reliance on dirty, expensive diesel.

Indigenous peoples outpacing Canadians in climate action, says co-chair of clean energy social enterprise

www.thestar.comKim Scott, a co-chair of the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, believes it’s extremely important to get the message out that Indigenous people are among those leading the pack with clean energy initiatives.

First Nations renewable energy successes on display

www.winnipegfreepress.comIndigenous communities across Canada are leading the charge toward a renewable energy future as technology advances and networking opportunities are fostered.

Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) promotes collaborative frameworks for renewable energy, energy efficiency, advanced energy systems and green energy infrastructure

www.todayville.comIndigenous communities across the country have a growing capacity to deliver energy projects that deliver clean, affordable and reliable power to their communities, and into the grid, thus generating jobs and revenue.

Indigenous-Led Solar Energy Project Wins Prize Funding to Implement a Community Clean Energy Project in NWT

OTTAWA, ON, January 19, 2021 — Natural Resources Canada — The Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that Grant Sullivan, one of 14 Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative (IODI) Energy Champions and current President of Nihtat Energy Ltd., will receive $800,000 in prize funding to begin implementing a community clean energy project.

Feds must incorporate Indigenous youth in clean energy push — Three Mi’gmaw communities in the Gaspe region of Quebec have been reaping the wind for the past four years as a result of their 50-per-cent ownership in a 150-megawatt wind farm on their traditional territory. The Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n project is an important signpost as Indigenous communities have taken increasing ownership stakes in clean-energy projects across Canada.

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