INVESTMENTS IN CANADA’S NORTH   

Backgrounder

University of British Columbia Project

  • Project title: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage in Mine Tailings
  • Project partners: University of Alberta, Trent University, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), British Columbia Geological Survey, Northwest Territories Energy Division, De Beers Group, Giga Metals Corp, FPX Nickel Corp
  • Fund: Clean Growth Program (CGP)
  • Project location: British Columbia and Northwest Territories
  • Total project cost: $3,452,700
  • Funding from NRCan: $2,000,000

Project summary

The Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) in Mine Tailings project will advance new technologies for mineralizing CO2 captured from air and flue gas within the mineral waste stream of mine operations. This will sequester CO2 as a stable and benign carbonate and achieve a net reduction in the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of mine operations.

This project also will test CO2 delivery and tailings management practices that have been successful in benchtop-scale experiments at larger-scale field demonstrations at two Canadian mine sites. The field trials will be the first on-site testing of accelerated CCUS pilots in hard-rock mine tailings globally.

This project will build toward mine operations with zero or net-negative GHG emissions. If successful, this project could be implemented at other sites in Canada’s North. 

Hamlet of Aklavik Project

  • Project title: Biomass Heating for the Sittichinli Recreational Complex
  • Project partners: Hamlet of Aklavik
  • Fund: Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC)
  • Project location: Aklavik, Northwest Territories
  • Total project cost: $800,000
  • Funding from NRCan: $640,000

Project summary

The objective of this project is to replace fossil fuels as the heat source for the Sittichinli Recreational Complex with a biomass-fuelled heating facility. Furthermore, the project will demonstrate the economic development benefits and cost effectiveness of biomass heating within a northern, remote community.

This project will decrease greenhouse gas emissions from avoided combustion of fossil fuels (61,000 litres of diesel/year) and demonstrate the efficiency and cost effectiveness of biomass heating within a northern, remote community.

This project will also increase local economic development and employment in the community and provide a renewable source of heat.

Denesoline Corp Ltd. Project

  • Project title: Front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for a hybrid renewable energy platform for the remote community of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
  • Project partners: Arctic Canada Construction Ltd., British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Ryfan Electric, Yukon College
  • Fund: Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERR)
  • Project location: Lutsel K’e, Northwest Territors
  • Total project cost: $500,000

Funding from NRCan: $400,000

Project summary

The primary objective of this project is for Denesoline Corporation, in partnership with BCIT, to complete the front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the hybrid renewable energy platform for Lutsel K’e First Nation.

As Lutsel K’e is located on the eastern arm of Great Slave Lake in Northwest Territories, it is not connected to the North American electricity grid. This FEED study will result in the selection of technologies based on resource availability, site selection and initial design and costing for the demonstration project.

The completed FEED study will be used to: determine required permitting; conduct an environmental impact assessment; and consult with the community, utility and other energy stakeholders that could be impacted by integrating renewable energy onto the Lutsel K’e diesel microgrid.

The demonstration project will have potential for replication in the other 200 diesel powered Indigenous communities, reducing fossil fuel use resulting in lower GHG emissions, improving air quality and creating socioeconomic benefits.

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) Project

  • Project title: Shining Lights: Energy Literacy and Language in the Northwest Territories
  • Project partners: Pembina Institute, Northwest Territories Association of Communities and Arctic Energy Alliance
  • Fund: Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC)
  • Project location: The Northwest Territories, in three regions: North Mackenzie region, South Mackenzie region, and Great Slave Lake regio
  • Total project cost: $422,000 over two year  
  • Funding from NRCan: $380,000 over two years

Project summary

This project focuses on building the energy literacy of indigenous women and youth from Northwest Territories’ diesel-dependent communities. The project will use a train-the-trainer model whereby six Indigenous trainers co-develop a proposed workshop curriculum, then work in pairs to deliver three regional workshops to a total of 75 Indigenous women and youth. The workshops will focus on:

1. Energy literacy concepts

This portion is meant to be a basic introduction to energy literacy. The focus will be on concepts of energy basics; energy sources; impact of energy production and use (including at the personal and household level); how energy is used; and energy decision-making. Linkages will be made to community energy planning so that participants can engage knowledgeably in the creation and implementation of these plans in the future.

2. Energy terms translation into local indigenous languages

In this part of the workshop, women and youth participants will work with Elders and translators to identify and translate key energy terms into Indigenous languages of the region. These terms will be made into a poster for distribution to the relevant communities.

Rat River Development Corporation Project

  • Project title: Tetlit Zheh Forestry and Bioenergy Project
  • Project partners: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT), Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI), Education, Culture and Employment (ECE), Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC), Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
  • Fund: Indigenous Forestry Initiative, Strategic Partnerships Initiative (ISC) 
  • Project location: Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories
  • Total project cost: $526,000
  • Funding from NRCan:

            $129,000 (2018–2019)

            $100,000 (2019–2020)

Project summary

This project will allow the Rat River Development Corporation to conduct a feasibility study investigating the integration of a biomass boiler into the existing NWT Power Corp., which connects 14 community buildings. The proponent is exploring and developing opportunities for forest-based economic development including harvesting, sawmilling and bioenergy.

This project will have multiple benefits to Canada and its residents:

  • By increasing Indigenous participation in the forest sector, the Canadian economy will gain a competitive edge.
  • The replacement of fossil fuels for heat and energy in northern and remote indigenous communities will help reduce GHG emissions and support the move to a low-carbon economy.
  • By supporting Indigenous communities and advancing the objectives of Canada’s Softwood Lumber Action Plan, Canadians can benefit from economic development in the forest sector, including employment and business revenues. 
  • The benefits to Indigenous communities is increased knowledge and economic opportunities in the forest sector.
  • Stakeholders will benefit from increased Indigenous participation in development opportunities, which will contribute to a more environmentally and commercially sustainable forest sector.

Hamlet of Aklavik Project

  • Project title: Smart Energy Project
  • Fund: Energy Efficiency Program
  • Project location: Aklavik, Northwest Territories
  • Total project cost: $327,000
  • Funding from NRCan: $200,000

Project summary

The purpose of this Hamlet of Aklavik project is to implement initiatives that will help increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions for municipal buildings, engage homeowners to reduce home energy use and serve as a demonstration to other off-grid communities in the North.

The activities of the Hamlet of Aklavik include establishing priority energy-efficient upgrades for each community government building, completing key energy efficiency upgrades to these municipal buildings, conducting a biomass heating study for the local arena and developing a model for continued monitoring and implementation of energy-related projects. The project also includes workshops to provide the public with basic knowledge and skills to reduce their energy bills.


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