BC Hydro’s recently announced call for new sources of renewable hydroelectric power is a key opportunity for British Columbia to advance reconciliation with First Nations communities while creating jobs and powering the province’s clean energy economy.
That’s the message from the First Nations Power Authority (FNPA), a not-for-profit organization that champions Indigenous inclusion in the power sector.
“We’re pleased to see Premier David Eby and Minister Josie Osborne confirm BC’s commitment to partnership and collaboration with First Nations on this new call for power generation, and significant investment in the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative,” said Guy Lonechild, FNPAPresident and Chief Executive Officer. “The First Nations Power Authority is ready to work closely with BC Hydro and the provincial government to ensure First Nations communities are full participants in producing clean, renewable power to help grow BC’s economy, creating good jobs, and advancing climate action goals.”
For more than a decade, FNPA has been facilitating development of First Nations-led power projects and Indigenous participation in procurement opportunities with other provincially owned utilities — creating long-term, sustainable value for Indigenous communities through cleaner energy investment, employment, infrastructure, and new business opportunities.
By acting as a catalyst between government, Independent Power Producers, and First Nations, FNPA is opening the door for meaningful engagement and Indigenous-led advancement of clean power projects in Canada.
FNPA President and CEO