Members of Kayas attended the Alberta Climate Summit in Calgary this past week, hosted by Pembina Institute. The event featured speakers from government, industry, academia, and indigenous groups, and focused on considerations and opportunities for Alberta in response to economic and social impacts of climate change trends.
One presentation of note was delivered by Desmond Bull of the Louis Bull Tribe, a First Nations community south of Edmonton, regarding his community’s initiative to install solar panels on the roofs of multiple nation houses. Bull presented his idea to council, and worked with Gridworks Energy to complete the project – which drew on local trades apprenticeship talent.
An afternoon session focusing on “Just Transition” explored the impacts of current energy industry on First Nations communities, and the opportunity for economic development as the industry adapts to demands for increased renewable energy resources.
Kayas’ presence at the conference in preparation for programming arranged underneath the Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program.