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Clean Energy Funding Available for Remote and First Nation Communities

 VANCOUVER – The New Relationship Trust (NRT) invites eligible remote and Indigenous communities across British Columbia to submit funding applications starting June 3, 2024, for community decarbonization projects through the Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) program, a CleanBC initiative.  “Thanks to this integrated partnership between the Province of B.C., BC Hydro, and NRT, more and …

Fourteen First Nations in B.C. to Receive $3.1M Towards Clean Energy Projects

VANCOUVER – Fourteen First Nations throughout the province are receiving $3.1 million in funding to develop alternative energy projects and advance energy efficiency in their communities through the British Columbia Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI), a clean-energy funding partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the New Relationship Trust (NRT). …

New funding expands support for Indigenous food sovereignty

VICTORIA – More Indigenous communities will benefit from increased funding for food sovereignty, food security and Indigenous-led agriculture. “Indigenous food sovereignty is important to the health of Indigenous Peoples and the province as a whole, said Pam Alexis, Minister of Agriculture and Food. By strengthening traditional Indigenous food systems, we are building a more resilient …

First Nations in B.C. can now apply for the Declaration Act Engagement Fund

VANCOUVER – The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is now accepting application online from First Nations in B.C. to a $200 million fund to support the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). Established in April 2023 by the Province of British Columbia, the Declaration Act Engagement Fund supports …

Kwiakah Nation applies for a Nation Building Grant

When the Kwiakah Nation applied to the NRT for a Nation Building grant, they knew their unusual, two-pronged approach might give some funders pause. But both aspects of the Nation Building proposal were crucial to setting this small First Nation, located along the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, on its chosen path...

Remote First Nations Communities Advance Clean-Energy Projects

Through the Province’s Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) program (CleanBC initiative), twelve First Nations communities throughout B.C. will receive a total of $7.1 million to develop alternative-energy projects and advance energy efficiency. Read more about this initiative HERE.

First Nations Bring Solar Energy To Affordable Housing

Three projects are supported by Columbia Basin Trust and the New Relationship Trust Three First Nations in the Columbia Basin are increasing renewable energy generation and sustainability of their affordable rental housing by adding solar panels. This improves energy efficiency while creating sustainable, comfortable and affordable housing for members. The projects are receiving support from …

Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm

The Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm is a 1.25 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm on the former River West sawmill in the Chilcotin near Hanceville, BC. The region is Tŝilhqot’in traditional territory and the sawmill and adjacent lands are owned by the Tŝilhqot’in National Government (TNG). The Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm is the largest of its kind in …

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