The New Relationship Trust will implement the British Columbia Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) to provide support and capacity-building funds to Indigenous communities working on the development of clean energy projects. The initiative will provide support for the planning and implementation of clean energy projects, such as hydro, wind, biomass, solar, marine, or geothermal projects. BCICEI will also target energy efficiency projects, and energy storage, as well as assist some remote communities in reducing dependency on conventional diesel power generation.
The EDST, consisting of Aboriginal business specialists, provides advisory and support services to First Nations in BC. Allowing them to take the “next steps” regarding complex business decisions. Support and advice are tailored to the specific needs of each community.
The Young Entrepreneurs Symposium (YES) brings young Aboriginal entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be together with business leaders and role models to help them build the skills, knowledge and networks they need to be the business leaders of tomorrow.
The three-day event is challenge-based. Teams of delegates participate in a series of competitions designed to help build skills and gain valuable business knowledge. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three teams.
Delegates have ample opportunity to mingle with First Nation, Canadian and international business leaders and role models in a setting that provides an optimum mix of mentoring, networking, competition, and fun.
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