FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Doig River First Nation is receiving $30,000 to develop an energy plan to improve efficiency and reduce costs in local homes and buildings.

The money comes from the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) as part of the province’s Clean Energy BC initiative.

“A long-term clean-energy plan for Doig River First Nation is more than just a solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – it’s an opportunity to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for the nation that is aligned with Indigenous values,” said Chief Trevor Makadahay of Doig River First Nation.

“By investing in renewable energy sources, Doig River can reduce its reliance on other energy resources and do our part in making the transition to a cleaner energy economy. We can mitigate the impacts of climate change on our land and way of life and create local jobs and economic opportunities.”

Doig River First Nation says it looks forward to making plans for its community and taking control of the energy sector for generations to come.

The FNCEBF supports clean energy projects led by Indigenous communities, according to a release. 

In the current round of funding, nine First Nation partners across the province received over $1.4 million, including nearly $1 million of one-time funding. Doig River First Nation is one of two communities in northern B.C. receiving funding.