Catalysts in The Arctic
For the first time in program history, Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise’s flagship capacity-building program, the 20/20 Catalysts Program, hosted the program’s second onsite in Iqaluit, NU, from July 10-17, 2022.
To open the week, Catalysts were welcomed by the first Premier of Nunavut, Paul Okalik. Paul spoke with Catalysts about the importance of their work and how he admired their determination. Over the next few days, Catalysts had the chance to spend time in sessions with mentors. In between sessions, Catalysts took time to tour the Diesel Plant with Qikiqtaaluk Corporation and participated in both a residential and community building audit to help understand the process and learn what outcomes to expect from an audit. Along the way, they learned about common issues and easy things they can start doing to save more money and energy in homes and community-owned facilities.
Nearing the end of the week, Catalysts had the opportunity to spend the day in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, thanks to the support from ICE’s partners, Tarquti Energy Corporation and Kuujjuamiut Corporation. Tarquti Energy Corporation and Kuujjuamiut Corporation provided tours of various clean energy projects and facilities, and participants had a chance to hear from former 20/20 Catalyst, Tiivi Dupius, as well as a presentation and discussion with Inuk Climate Change Activist, Sheila Watt-Cloutier.
To end a week of hard work, Catalysts took time on the land with Bernice, owner of Uasau Soaps. Bernice and Justin took Catalysts on a hike in Sylvia Grinnell Park, where they showed traditional flora and fauna; catalysts were then taught about Inuit protocols and culture from Bernice and Inuit elder Livi.
National Indigenous Clean Energy Forum Information
The 20/20 Catalysts Program will be hosting the 5th Annual National Indigenous Clean Energy Forum on August 18th from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Join the 20/20 Catalysts and learn more about the program; meet the 2020-22 cohort and discover how Indigenous communities are advancing an Indigenous-led clean energy future. For more information, please contact Justice Morningstar at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.