Chief Whetung and Sean Willy: Indigenous perspectives on cleaner energy
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In the 21st century, on a warming planet, Indigenous knowledge will be essential to Canada’s journey toward a clean energy future. As our country begins its reconciliation journey, these partnerships could provide a foundation for current and future generations.

On this episode of The Climate Challengers, Andrea is joined by Chief Emily Whetung of Curve Lake First Nation and Sean Wily, President and CEO of the Des Nedhe Development Corporation, which seeks to create sustainable employment and business opportunities for English River First Nation community members. 

Learn about the community of Curve Lake First Nation [2:27], Indigenous perspectives on nuclear power [5:14 and 20:20], what the energy industry needs to understand about Indigenous peoples [7:08], the importance of relationship building [10:35], Canada’s path to reconciliation [14:27], OPG’s Reconciliation Action Plan [16:33], the impact of economic development on Indigenous communities [21:56], the benefits of involving Indigenous partners early on [23:45], and the need to embrace nuclear as a big part of the solution to climate change [25:45].

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