Desmond Bull of the Louis Bull Tribe

Desmond Bull, a councillor with the Louis Bull Tribe, says, "As First Nations and Canadian citizens, we need to take care of each other, take care of the land and take care of future generations." (Photo: Green Energy Futures - David Dodge via Flickr)

Louis Bull Tribe in Maskwacis, Alberta, installed solar panels on their daycare as part of a longer-term vision to move from dependency on coal-fired electricity to producing their own renewable power.

Louis Bull partnered with a group called Iron & Earth on this particular project to provide hands-on solar installation training to some of their members. They also extended an invitation to fellow oilsands workers from neighbouring communities who wanted to expand their skill sets to broaden their job prospects.

The community is taking charge of its energy system by bringing on renewables and by moving forward on energy efficiency and conservation measures.

Band councillor Desmond Bull says, “It’s important to me that this is clean energy. It shows our responsibility in creating sustainability for the next seven generations — our grandkids, their grandkids.”

If we can prove this can be done here in a First Nation community, I believe every country or every city has the opportunity to move in this direction so they can become more self-sufficient, but also create capacity development and have people trained in their local community.

Desmond Bull, councillor, Louis Bull Tribe