A new survey has found First Nations across B.C. are facing roadblocks when it comes to renewable energy.
Out of the 105 First Nations surveyed, almost half say they are involved in some way in the clean energy industry, but 68 per cent still report facing significant barriers.
Grand Chief Stewart Philip says First Nations need more support to expand clean energy projects.
“The governments need to understand that this is not optional. That it is, in fact, the law of the land that our rights and interests are entrained in the constitution, that they’re reflected in the declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
The three obstacles at the top of the list are a lack of opportunity in BC Hydro programs, financing, and community readiness.
Stewart Philip says this is in part due to the Site C project.
“What that did was completely negate the progress being made in clean energy projects that were community-driven.”
Respondents said this leaves them unable to advance projects that sell power.