Nova Scotia hosts Catalysts from Indigenous communities across Canada

HALIFAX - This week, the 2018 20/20 Catalyst program kicked off at Nova Scotia’s White Point Beach Resort.

The program, an initiative of the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, welcomes 21 participants, known as ‘Catalysts’, on a three-month journey to obtain new skills, tools and resources to support their Indigenous communities in a cleaner energy future.

Nova Scotia Power, with support from Emera Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy provided $50,000 to support the first of three onsite intensive sessions of the program in Nova Scotia, including sponsorship spots for two local Catalysts.

Jason MacLeod of Glooscap First Nation is one of this year’s Catalysts.

“It was an honour to be selected. I look forward to connecting Glooscap First Nation to a network of skilled professionals and resources to further recognize and achieve our energy goals,” said Macleod. “As an environmentally friendly community, we are always seeking ways to lessen our environmental impact, and be the most responsible stewards of the land as possible.”

The week’s agenda includes a variety of workshops, sessions, activities, and tours to connect Indigenous Catalysts to a network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous mentors, coaches, and leaders involved in clean energy project development.

Other week-long sessions will follow in the Yukon in June and Ontario in July.

Karen Hutt, President & CEO of Nova Scotia Power, said the company is proud to support the program.

“Strengthening relationships, encouraging collaboration and enabling economic development are all part of building a sustainable, clean energy future together,” Hutt said. “Nova Scotia Power and Acadia First Nation, as the Mi’kmaq District Host, collaborated on a proposal to host this portion of the program. We’re pleased to support hosting the week and having Mi’kmaq culture, traditions and celebrations interwoven in the program.”

Also on the agenda this week was a tour of the Mersey hydro system and an Acadia First Nation Community feast and celebration.

“The Mi’kmaq are renewable energy leaders. The Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia use less electricity than their wind projects produce each year, contributing to our cleaner energy future and generating jobs and economic growth,” said Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Supporting the 20/20 Catalysts program helps us build on these community successes and ensures more young people have a chance to develop careers in this growing industry.”

Learn more about 20/20 Catalysts on the Indigenous Clean Energy