Indigenous Energy Partnerships Emphasize Cultural Values

Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation) rests off the shores of the Wolastoq (Saint. John River), much of it within the city limits of the provincial capital, Fredericton, New Brunswick. To the members of this community, the Wolastoqey (Pronunciation: wool-las-two-gway) people, climate change poses an existential threat to their culture and way of life. Warming waters, shoreline development, and mismanagement of resource exploration projects have already led to loss of salmon stocks, hunting grounds,…

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Small but Mighty: New Brunswick francophone municipalities fight climate change

Stéphane Dallaire remembers clearly the Saturday night in September 2019 when Hurricane Dorian hit Cap-Pelé. The CAO and clerk of the small francophone village 46 kilometres northeast of Moncton worked all night with several staff members.  “We were hit hard,” he says. They spent the night evacuating a campground, removing trees from roads, and dealing with general flooding. All hands on deck. “We had to get everyone who could get to work to…

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Once More Unto The Insulation: Energy Efficiency For and By First Nations

Efficiency Nova Scotia Partners with Mi’kmaq Communities on Massive Retrofit Program Retooling old buildings for energy efficiency might not generate the same excitement as solar arrays, wind farms, or electric vehicles. But the places we seek shelter in have profound impacts on the size of our carbon footprints and the quality of our lives: sustainability, for both people and the planet, begins at home. Gordon Hart has spent much of his career grappling…

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