Oil and Gas Workers Go Solar with Louis Bull TribeOn February 11, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Having our membership do the installations having to be a part of the process what happens there is it resonates down to every community member and everyone can say my cousin installed that, my uncle installed that, my auntie my niece. You know there’s that connection that you have that pride of ownership. We partnered up with Iron Earth for this particular project. And with Louis Bull out of Maskwacis, Alberta, to provide training, skills training for the solar industry through our five-day solar training program and also with that solar training program comes a real installation where the students get to get to have their hands on an installation here on the Louis Bull daycare. We were lucky enough to be graciously welcomed into this community. We participated in really special cultural activities and then with local participants in the community we worked on this installation shoulder-to-shoulder. The cultural integration was a huge, huge success I totally believe it was and the participants that partook they really enjoyed that also. You know some of them never took part a pipe ceremony, a sweat. Some of them never even had moose meat. But I think it’s ah, it goes back to the understanding I believe in what the treaties are. That we as First Nations and Canadian citizens we need to take care of each other, take care of the land, and you know take care of the future generations Ethical production of energy is of paramount importance failing to do so has a tremendous cost. These days that’s also a financial cost and the whole time the environmental costs have been there. They’re only starting to now be quantified. It’s important to me that this is clean energy, you know it shows our responsibility toward environmental stewardship. It shows our responsibility in creating sustainability for those next seven generations, our grandkids, their grandkids. I mean if we can prove this can be done here in a First Nation community I believe every municipality or every county or every you know city, village has that opportunity to move in this direction also. So they can become more self-sufficient on their own, but also create capacity development and have people trained in their local community. Feeling charged up? Visit davidsuzuki.org/chargedup for more information or to get involved. Together we have the power to make change.