Climate change: Ontario pledges $13M to help indigenous communities

Funds to help First Nations convert from diesel, address climate-related problems like flooding

Aboriginal Affairs Minister David Zimmer, centre, poses for a photo with Wesley Bova, left, president of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, MPPs Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle, and professor David Pearson, right, of Laurentian University’s School of the Environment. Zimmer was in Thunder Bay to announce provincial funding for two initiatives to help First Nations deal with climate change. (Heather Kitching/CBC)

The province is investing $13 million in two initiatives to help indigenous communities address climate change.

Eight million of that funding will help communities switch from diesel to locally-available renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind.

The other $5 million – from the province’s Green Investment Fund – will pay for a partnership between the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources and the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation to study the impact of climate change on communities and to help them create plans to deal with those changes.

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