Addressing inequity in housing and community infrastructure for First Nations (on- and off-reserve) is an essential step towards addressing broader inequities in health and well-being. As part of this effort, First Nations must have affordable access to clean energy and investments in infrastructure upgrades, including access to more energy-efficient technologies. Investing in more affordable, low-carbon heating systems and energy efficient retrofits also delivers benefits beyond the household and community by supporting the reduction in GHG emissions and the potential development of employment and economic development opportunities.
Implementing energy-efficient projects involves high capital investments, so that public and private support become essential to the transition to more energy efficient communities. In this regard, and as part of the BCAFN’s mandate to support Indigenous climate leadership in BC, we want to invite you to a webinar to learn about existing provincial and private opportunities for Energy-Efficient Upgrades in First Nations Homes and Community Buildings. The webinar will provide information on the programs and rebates available to First Nations and eligibility requirements, including programs that support energy-efficiency upgrades for homes and community buildings and installation training to complete the upgrades.
The webinar will also provide a forum to discuss the barriers to First Nations who seek to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.