Many Indigenous communities across Canada have substandard housing, schools and clinics. A large percentage of buildings on reserves are energy inefficient, overcrowded and unhealthy. According to Statistics Canada, one in five Indigenous people lives in a home that requires major repairs (compared to just 6% of the non-Indigenous population). The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health highlights numerous studies linking poor building conditions to increased incidence of respiratory diseases, injuries, violence and mental illness. To accelerate the substantial improvements needed, a broad-based Indigenous initiative that supports communities in moving projects forward is required.
Funds from this grant will be used to support the Bringing It Home project, led by Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE). This project will work with five to six Indigenous communities to identify, fund and implement energy efficiency opportunities leading to homes that last longer, are more durable, healthier, and less expensive to operate.
Background of the organization:
The Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise is a pan-Canadian not-for-profit platform which advances Indigenous inclusion in Canada’s energy futures economy through Indigenous leadership, and broad-based collaboration with energy companies, utilities, governments, development firms, cleantech innovators, academic sector, and capital markets.