SECHELT, BC, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - On Monday October 28th, 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 channel.
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 future."
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
For further information:
Chief Garry Feschuk at 604-230-3415; firstname.lastname@example.org