Government of Canada announces funding for the SevenGen Indigenous Youth Energy Summit


SASKATOON, Sask., September 13, 2022 /CNW/ – Indigenous youth are leading communities in building a more sustainable and inclusive future. This is why the government of Canada supports youth organizations undertaking important work, such as amplifying youth voices and empowering the next generation of leaders who are accelerating the transition to a sustainable and equitable energy future.

The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, is pleased to announce a $442,600 investment at Student energy for SevenGen 2022a gathering dedicated to empowering the next generation of energy and environmental leaders, accelerating our transition to more sustainable living.

In January 2019, 200 First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth from every province and territory came together for the first-ever SevenGen Summit. The theme of the Summit was Fueling Resiliencewith goals of empowering youth and demonstrating the importance of education while deepening conversations about climate and energy challenges and opportunities, especially for Indigenous communities looking to implement renewable energy to a sustainable future.

Building on the success of the first SevenGen Summit, over 200 Indigenous youth gathered September 8-11 for SevenGen 2022, held at Whitecap Dakota Nation in Saskatchewan. The goal of this year’s Summit was to engage, inform and empower delegates to build capacity, trust and community that will inspire individuals and groups to take their ideas beyond the Summit.

In addition to SevenGen 2022, the funding provided will be used to provide a Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program. The program draws on Student Energy’s youth empowerment and training expertise and energy project development knowledge of Indigenous clean energy create a strong ecosystem of support to help Indigenous youth become energy leaders.

This project is also supported by partners such as Student Energy, Suncor, Indigenous Clean Energy and Cenovus, bringing the total investment to more than $1.1 million.

The government of Canada is committed to supporting youth participation in from Canada clean energy sector and working with them on concrete solutions with the aim of harnessing individual and collective action to fight climate change and help Canada achieving its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while ensuring Indigenous communities are supported in their transition to a sustainable and prosperous future.


“Our government is pleased to support SevenGen 2022. This gathering of First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth from across the country enabled young leaders to share their knowledge and create innovative solutions for their communities. The delivery of the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program is an important step. in empowering the next generation of energy and climate leaders. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Natural Resources

“The indigenous peoples of Canada hold vast amounts of knowledge that is beneficial to both Canada and the world to implement climate solutions. Indigenous youth need opportunities, training and connections to the land that will help them be the leaders we need to deliver a sustainable future. It’s a big step that Natural Resources Canada is working to build relationships that will allow the initiatives we need to grow. »

Danielle Kehler
SevenGen Manager

Fast facts

  • Federal funding for this project is provided through Natural Resources Canada Clean Energy Program for Rural and Remote Communitiesa $220 million program that works to reduce reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities by deploying and demonstrating renewable energy projects, encouraging energy efficiency and building local skills and capacity. The program is part of the government program Invest in Canada to planmore $180 billion investments in public transport projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transport routes, and from Canada rural and northern communities.

  • from Canada 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: clean air, strong economy ensures Canada will remain a world leader in clean energy. The government of Canada is committed to supporting local solutions and community projects that will build a clean energy future for all. Together, we are building healthier, greener and more energy resilient communities for future generations.

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