Local Indigenous orgs. offering energy efficiency workshops

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Métis Nation of Alberta Region 5 office in Slave Lake recently hooked up solar panels. The Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre installed solar panels and is in the midst of the paperwork which is required before they can be hooked up.

Both are hosting events on energy efficiency and an Indigenous perspective.

Métis Nation of Alberta

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is hosting a workshop on home energy efficiency in three locations. The first is in Wabasca on Sept. 10 at the Eagle Point Golf Course. On Sept. 11, the second in at the Days Inn is High Prairie. In Slave Lake, the final workshop is on Sept. 12 at the Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre. Each sessions run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Indigenous knowledge meets western science” the poster says.

This MNA workshop is put on in partnership with Newo Global Energy. Newo’s motto is “local energy for a global community.” Topics include: sustainable living, increasing home energy efficient, and environmental stewardship.

To register contact Amy White at 780-455-2200 ext. 411 or awhite@metis.org.

“Flowing into Right Relationships”

Keepers of the Athabasca: Keepers of the Water is hosting a series of free workshops called “Flowing into Right Relationships: since truth comes before reconciliation” at local Native Friendship Centres. These run from September to April, with no workshops in December. Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are encouraged to attend. Keepers especially encourages people in civil government, the RCMP, and AHS to attend.

The Slave Lake workshops are the first Tuesday of every month at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Workshops in High Prairie are the second Wednesday.

The first one – “Community Climate Action Workshops” in Slave Lake was on September 3. The next one on October 1 is “The Kairos: blanket exercise”.

“For groups of at least 20, this powerful interactive exercise educates participants about the history since European contact of Indigenous peoples in Canada,” says the poster.

November 4 is “Exploring the Treaties.” January is “United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, February is “Indigenous Water Governance”, and March is “Circle of Water,” focuses on the watershed. The April session is under development.

“Indigenous Energy Efficiency Champions”

On October 19, the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre is putting on “Indigenous Energy Efficiency Champions”. It is a full day conference from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Become a champion in your community,” says the poster. “Reconnect with mother earth.”

David Suzuki will give the keynote address at 9:30 a.m. via video conference.

Panels include local experts. Two are from Keepers of the Athabasca. These are Jule Asterisk, project manager and Paul Belanger, co-chair, both of whom have experience with solar installations. Also on a panel is Walter Andreeff, MNA Region 5 Consultant and Climate Leadership Coordinator.

The conference is open to anyone interested. It includes “how to use efficient technology” and “jobs and training opportunities”. The final keynote address is to be announced.

The cost is $25, plus service fees, which includes a meal cooked by the Friendship Centre staff. Register on eventbrite.ca.

There are three other conferences in the province: in Bonnyville, Edson, and Pincher Creek. The conference is sponsored by Energy Efficiency Alberta.

Workers installing solar panels on the Friendship Centre last month.

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