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Renewables in the Heart of the Tar Sands

Lubicon Cree leading the energy transition

The Lubicon Cree may be on the front lines of tar sands extraction in their territory in northern Alberta, but that’s not stopping them from being leaders in the low-carbon energy transition. Community member Melina Laboucan-Massimo witnessed the changing environment and destruction of her territory, and she decided to take action. As part of her Masters program, she initiated a solar project in her community, fundraising and coordinating the construction of 20KW system. Melina calls the project “a beacon of what is possible in our communities.” In this video, Melina tells how renewable energy aligns with Indigenous philosophies of reciprocity and relationship with the land, and how renewables represent “a type of re-empowerment and reconnection” for Indigenous peoples.