Renewable energy projects are being led by Indigenous communities or being developed in close proximity to, or in partnership with Indigenous communities across Canada. We believe these projects should be developed with as much participation and support from the local community members as possible.
We also provide training and hands-on learning for Indigenous youth to further their ability to work in the green economy.
Relay works with each community to collaborate and deliver custom renewable energy and green career education courses based on the community’s needs and desires. Each program is unique to individual Indigenous communities. Relay Education has co-developed and co-delivered programs with Indigenous communities since 2014.
Individual Community Programs
This list is only a sample of some of the customized programs we have delivered over the years.
- Cowessess First Nation Solar Training Course – 2021
- First Nations Energy Education Exchange – 2017
- Walpole Island Energy Education Initiative – 2016
- Renewable Energy Careers Connections – 2014
Completed from March 2016 to June 2016 – our team will be in Bkejwanong Territory, Walpole Island First Nation to deliver unique community events in partnership with the Employment and Training office. We hired two program staff to assist in the organization and delivery of a series of workshops, presentations and community events that took place in Walpole Island over six months in 2016.
These events are part of our Walpole Island Energy Education Initiative project that began in the fall of 2015. This project is part of our Indigenous Careers in Renewable Energy program.
Our goal is to co-develop and co-deliver workshops in the community to increase participation in renewable energy and energy conservation initiatives.
This initiative was made possible in part through the financial support of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Education and Capacity Building Program.
Relay Education is solely responsible for implementation of this initiative, and the IESO has no responsibility or liability whatsoever in the event that any person suffers any losses or damages of any kind as a result of the initiative.
Renewable Energy Career Connections
In the fall of 2014, we launched a project in partnership with the Southern First Nations Secretariat to expose First Nations youth to the varied issues related to renewable energy development and provided them with hands-on training to help prepare them for jobs and careers in this sector.
Thirteen individuals graduated from a three-week program and we reached over 50 others through half-day career workshops and a career fair at Chippewas of the Thames. To date we have helped facilitate 15 job interviews for First Nations youth during this project.
A Tool for First Nations Youth
Please check out the online forum to engage First Nations youth in energy job opportunities and issues related to renewable energy and sustainability: https://www.facebook.com/IndigenousCareersinRenewableEnergy?fref=ts