Green Energy Award Confirms Chief Feschuk as a National Leader in Sustainable Development

Green Energy Award Confirms Chief Feschuk as a National Leader in Sustainable 
SECHELT, BC, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - On Monday October 28(th), 2013 shíshálh 
Nation, Regional Power, and Capstone Infrastructure Corporation were awarded 
the CEBC Environmental Stewardship Award for the Sechelt Creek Project. 
shíshálh Nation Chief Garry Feschuk at the Clean Energy BC Generate 2013 
Conference awards ceremony stated, "If First Nations in this country are to 
achieve financial independence it is an absolute necessity that government get 
out of the way on Independent Power development," Minister Bill Bennett 
stated, "First Nations leaders have been instrumental in helping us develop 
the Clean Energy sector here in BC and that's going to continue". 
Chief Feschuk said, "These projects can have significant benefits to our 
Nation not only financially, but environmentally." This is only the third time 
that the Stewardship Award has been given by CEBC. In 2005, the Sechelt 
Creek Project was also awarded the UNSECO Blue Planet Award.This year a 
record 25,000 salmon returned to the Sechelt Creek Project man made spawning 
Minister Rustad of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation announced Monday 
that shíshálh will receive a $500,000 grant for an investment in a clean 
energy project within shíshálh territory. Chief Feschuk said, "This is an 
exciting opportunity for shíshálh. This fund and this grant are an example 
of how First Nations and the Province can work together to create 
opportunities for First Nations development.It is important that clean 
energy opportunities for First Nations are robust and continue long into the 
Chief Feschuk has directed professionals within his organization to develop 
policies and protocols on Clean Energy to ensure sustainable development and 
the production of power at a reasonable rate. Chief Feschuk said, "Sale of 
electricity is the future not only for BC, but for our Nation. In constructing 
clean energy projects, we will steward our land as responsibly as our 
ancestors". Chief Feschuk candidly says, "It is our great grandchildren who 
have yet to be born who will stand in review of these projects." 
Chief Feschuk makes the point that First Nations have a long and shared legacy 
of proper and sustainable stewardship of their land. It is with this 
confidence that Nations like shíshálh will take care of sensitive 
environmental projects, like Independent Power Projects, with a clear view of 
preserving the resource for generations to come.

SOURCE  Sechelt Indian Band 
Chief Garry Feschuk at 604-230-3415; 
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