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Highlighting Indigenous Leadership: Kwatuuma Cole Sayers and Minister Josie Osborne Share the Stage at This Year’s Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase

Press Release

Vancouver, BC – June 4, 2024 – The Clean Energy Association of British Columbia (CEBC) is excited to announce that

Kwatuuma Cole Sayers, Executive Director of CEBC, will be participating in this year’s Indigenous Partnerships Success

Showcase. Join us on June 6, 2024, at 2:30 PM, for a panel discussion with the Honourable Minister Josie Osborne,

Minister of Energy, Mines, and Low-Carbon Innovation, moderated by Michelle Mungall, with introductions from

Leon Gaber, about Indigenous opportunities across BC’s electrification value chain.

“The need for clean energy is more urgent than ever. At Generate 2024, Minister Osborne and I discussed the critical

role of First Nations and aligned Indigenous partnerships in BC’s energy transition, in line with BC Hydro’s current

and future calls for power. The Province of British Columbia is leading the way in the implementation of the United

Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Act. This commitment to reconciliation is reflected in the increasing involvement of First Nations as leaders in the

clean energy sector,” said Kwatuuma Cole Sayers. “As we face increasing demand for sustainable energy solutions,

the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase offers a vital platform for us to highlight how Indigenous-led clean

energy projects can lead the way in environmental stewardship and economic reconciliation, while celebrating the

progress we’ve made. I am honoured to participate in this discussion, and I look forward to sharing insights and

exploring new pathways for collaboration and innovation.”

The Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase (IPSS) is a leading platform for celebrating Indigenous success,

fostering partnerships and promoting sustainable development. The annual event brings together a diverse range of

participants to connect, learn and draw inspiration from the accomplishments of Indigenous communities in Canada.

The fifth annual showcase will be held this week on June 5 – 6 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Visit: to learn more.

About Kwatuuma Cole Sayers

Kwatuuma Cole Sayers, Executive Director for Clean Energy Association of British Columbia, is from the Hupacasath

and Alexander First Nations. He is a powerful advocate for First Nations involvement in renewable energy,

community energy systems, and clean technology. He believes in a sustainable, innovative clean energy future for

First Nations and Canada, where First Nations are equity owners and partners in major projects in the energy


About the Clean Energy Association of British Columbia

Clean Energy Association of British Columbia represents over 130 members, including leading clean energy

companies, First Nations, service providers and academic institutions contributing to British Columbia’s renewable

energy industry. CEBC’s mission is to support BC’s transition to low-carbon energy through the development of

effective climate policy and clean energy electrification.

For further informa&on, please contact:

Ombrielle Neria



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