Media Advisory - Winnipeg meeting addresses renewable energy, toxics in indigenous communities



    MONTREAL, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Leaders of indigenous communities and
environmental experts from across North America will meet in Winnipeg next
week to discuss renewable energy and pollutants and health.
    The meetings, hosted by the Secretariat of the Commission for
Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and the CEC's Joint Public Advisory Committee
(JPAC), are free and open to the public and will be held over three days
beginning on 24 September:

    Monday: North American Indigenous Communities Renewable Energy Forum.
Topics will include addressing energy costs and accessibility, energy project
partnerships and financing, developing renewable energy projects and building
energy capacity through information sharing.

    Tuesday: North American Indigenous Communities, Pollutants and Health:
Sharing Experiences, from Problem Identification to Resolution. This meeting
will feature presentations about efforts in North American indigenous
communities to address contaminants in their environment, as well as the CEC's
work under the Sound Management of Chemicals (SMOC) program and the Pollutant
Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) project.

    Wednesday: Success Stories, Networking "How-to" and Open Agenda
Discussion. Following up on the discussions of the previous two days, the
final day will feature a panel on networking and provide an open forum for
participants to share their concerns and recommendations relating to a wide
range of environmental issues.

    An agenda is available from:
http://www.cec.org/calendar/details/index.cfm?varlan=english&ID=2056.

    Journalists can register on-site at the Fort Garry Hotel beginning at
7:30 am, Monday.




For further information:

For further information: Jeff Stoub, (514) 350-4327

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