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Clean Energy News

Come one, come all! The Haida Gwaii Renewable Energy Symposium is just days away! (and here's a Q&A)

Valine Crist

Is this event open to the public?

Yes, absolutely! Everyone who wants to talk about Haida Gwaii’s energy present and energy future is welcome.

Do I need to register?

No, it’s helpful to know how many people to expect for catering, but registration is not required.

Where is the renewable energy symposium?

In Gaw, at the Old Massett Community Hall.

Can I come for just one day?

Of course! We’ll post a detailed agenda to review. You are welcome to stay for one session, one day, or the whole event from start to finish. The door is open & all are welcome.

Is child care still available?

Yes, we asked people to register their child(ren) so we know how many little ones to expect. It’s helpful if you can provide advanced notice, but it’s not critical. Child care is provided courtesy of the Old Massett Youth Centre and will be open from 9:30am – 5:30pm, both Saturday and Sunday.  

What’s for lunch?

Tow Truck is preparing a delicious menu full of local sea foods, deer, island-raised beef and chicken, and salads! There will be something for everyone, including gluten free & vegetarian options.  

What should I bring?

Come prepared to ask questions, share your values and views, and engage in discussion about our Islands’ sustainable future. Also, don’t forget your potlatch bag with plates, bowls, cutlery & drinking vessels.

How do fuel subsidies work?

To offset the costs of fuel, we will provide subsidies for anyone traveling to the event with one or more passengers. We can offer $25 gift certificates each day for transportation from K’il Kun Llnagaay, Daajing Giids, HlGaagilda & Ts’iina Gandlaay (Sandspit, Queen Charlotte, Skidegate, & Miller Creek) and $15 / day for transportation from Tllaal and Gamadiis Llnagaay (Tlell & Port Clements).

Are there accommodations available?

Yes! We have booked 3 rooms at the Gwaay Naay Traveller’s Lodge in Gaw. They are private rooms with shared bathrooms and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for Saturday night (Sept. 29). Email us now to save a room: info@swiilawiid.org  

Will there be door prizes?

You know it! We have some fun & functional prizes donated by: Council of the Haida Nation, Swiilawiid Sustainability Society, BC Hydro, Don’s Heat Pumps, Spark! Sustainable Energy Solutions, Kara Sievewright, Sitka Studio, and the Haida Gwaii Museum.

Any other questions, comments, or input can be directed to symposium organizer, K’aayhlt’aa Haanas: valine.crist@gmail.com  

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