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;email@example.com
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