Joint Nation Off-Grid Energy Training Program

Partner Nations: Dzawada'enuxv First Nation, Hesquiaht First Nation, Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation, Wuikinuxv Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe

Project Type: Training
Energy Focus: Hydro
Owned By: Dzawada’enuxv First Nation
Status: Ongoing
Project Start: 2020
Project Completion: 2022

This training program aims to provide a variety of skill-building and knowledge-sharing opportunities for citizens and leadership from five BC First Nations.

Each of the participating Nations has a remote population in a community that relies on diesel generation and are at varying stages of developing run-of-river hydropower projects with the support of Barkley Project Group. The project proponent is Dzawada’enuxv First Nation, located in Kingcome Inlet. Dzawada’enuxv is developing the Padakus Creek Hydro project which is expected to be commissioned in 2023. Barkley Project Group’s role involves co-ordinating all training opportunities including travel and logistics, directly providing mentorship and bespoke training when no existing certification or course exists, facilitating site tours and workshops for leadership, and overall project management.

Remote communities face unique challenges when pursuing clean energy projects. Human resource challenges arise due to a diverse set of circumstances including low populations, the high cost and logistical challenges that citizens face when pursuing training and education opportunities outside of the community, and barriers to accessing digital and other learning resources.

To combat these challenges, this program involves workshops and training opportunities offered both online and in-person that aim to provide community members with the skills and knowledge required to gain employment during the construction and operations phases of hydropower project development. Training is provided at no cost to participants. Barkley Project Group works closely with each of the partner Nations to identify training needs, as well as with individual citizens to provide logistical and other supports to help ensure their success.

Training includes construction management and safety, occupational first aid, swift water rescue, high voltage, confined space, environmental monitoring, danger tree assessment, clean energy leadership, and other topics/skills.

This project has received support from Natural Resources Canada.