Canadian Gov’t invests in Indigenous-led biomass projects

The Government of Canada is investing in Indigenous-led development biomass projects to promote new economic opportunities in the forestry sector.

Marc G Serre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $605,000 (€405,000) investment in two biomass projects in the Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Natural Resources Canada (NRC) invested $205,000 (€137,000) in Inukshuk Synergie to support its plan to have franchises commercialise its biomass energy heating systems, providing a turnkey energy solution to communities in the region.

NRC also invested $400,000 (€268,000) in Akua Nature to support the construction of new infrastructure that will allow for the conversion of forest biomass into natural health projects, based on traditional First Nations medicine.

“Indigenous Peoples are taking economic development into their own hands and succeeding,” said Minister O’Regan Jr. “The Indigenous Forestry Initiative supports Indigenous forestry workers and businesses with new opportunities to expand operations and grow while bringing local benefits to their communities.”

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, commented: “Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs are essential to Canada’s economic recovery. This investment in Indigenous knowledge will create economic opportunities for the Mashteuiatsh First Nation and the Lac-Saint-Jean region.

“We will continue to work with Indigenous partners in Quebec, and all across Canada, to find green energy solutions and fight climate change.”

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