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TBNewswatch – Video: Conserve the Light >>

Algoma News - Conserve the Light Gathering - A First Nations and Métis energy efficiency conference >>
July 24, 2009

SooToday - All about conserve the light gathering in Thunder Bay >>
July 24, 2009


Lake Superior News - Conserve the Light Gathering
July 24, 2009
As part of the ongoing Energy Efficiency & Conservation Measures for Aboriginal Communities (EEMAC) program, Charles Fox Consulting Inc. and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will convene a Gathering of Ontario First Nations and Métis Elders and Leadership and community members from September 3, 2009 to September 4, 2009 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
A First Nations energy efficiency conference will be held on September 3 to September 4, 2009. The conference will focus on energy conservation successes, challenges and opportunities in First Nations and Métis Communities in Ontario. An energy conservation presentation will be made by Elders of First Nations and Métis in Ontario.

Wawatay News - Elders to provide guidance at Conserving the Light Gathering >>
August 19, 2009 - Rick Garrick 

The Metis Nation - Thunder Bay site of historic Gathering of Traditional and Christian First Nation and Métis Elders from across Ontario >>
September 1, 2009

TBNewswatch - Preserving ‘gifts from God’ >>
September 1, 2009 - Leith Dunick

NetNewsLedger - Conserve The Light Conference underway >>
September 3, 2009 - James Murray

thegreenpages.ca - Conference promotes conservation for First Nations >>
September 3, 2009 

First Perspective - Ontario launches Aboriginal energy programs
September 4, 2009
Aboriginal communities interested in developing and owning renewable energy facilities have been given a boost by the Ontario government. "Ontario is committed to a Green energy future, one in which all of us can take part," said Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smitherman. "Green energy can create long-term revenues and employment opportunities for First Nation and Metis communities. Working together, Aboriginal communities, with other investors and the government can unleash valuable renewable energy resources." Smitherman announced two new programs, the $250 million Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program and the Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program, Sept. 3 in Thunder Bay during the Conserve the Light Gathering hosted by Charles Fox Consulting and the Ontario Power Authority. Under the Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program, Aboriginal communities will be eligible for loan guarantees to allow them to take on equity participation in renewable generation and transmission projects.
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Thunder Bay’s Source - Conserve the light
September 4, 2009 – Leith Dunick
First Nations people have long held trust with the land, but somewhere along their journey, like Canadians of all backgrounds, they seem to have lost their way. Conservation, once a way of life in aboriginal communities, has been pushed aside in favour of electric lights, television and the all mighty video game. This week a group of First Nation and Métis elders gathered atop Mount McKay to find solutions that will guide their people back to their pact with Mother Earth. Charles fox, an energy consultant who has worked long and hard to reawaken the ways of old in aboriginal communities in Ontario, said the historical four-day Conserve the Light Conference is a great starting point.
"The ultimate message that they're looking at is the development of due process on how the First Nation and Métis communities can conserve energy in their homes, within their infrastructure, within their communities," said Fox, who two years ago spearheaded a campaign to send energy-efficiency kits to northern aboriginal communities across Ontario. Fox said there are plenty of challenges faced by Aboriginal and Métis people, more so today than ever before. "What the elders are saying, and what the leadership is (asking) at this forum is how do we reawaken that culture of conservation that we used to have for preservation for the present generation. We’re like anybody else, guilty of overusing and abusing and exceeding energy use”, Fox said.
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RADIO & TV SCRIPTS

CKTG-FM (Thunder Bay) – 07:00 NEWS
September 2, 2009 at 7:30 am - Amy Harris
Thunder Bay playing host this week to a gathering of First Nation and Métis members. It's to find ways to conserve energy to preserve the planet. First half being held on Mount McKay. Organizer "Josiash Fiddler" of Sandy Lake, hopes the first two days will provide participants with spiritually inspired ideas.

CJUK-FM (Thunder Bay) – 08:00 NEWS
September 2, 2009 at 8:01 am – Amy Harris
Thunder Bay playing host this week to a gathering of First Nation and Métis members. It's to find ways to conserve energy to preserve the planet. First half being held on Mount McKay. Organizer "Josiash Fiddler" of Sandy Lake, hopes the first two days will provide participants with spiritually inspired ideas.

CKPR-TV (Thunder Bay) – TB News Hour
September 3, 2009 at 6:07 pm – Marjorie Delucas
"Charles Fox" is overseeing a 'Conserve the Light' conference.

CKPR-TV (Thunder Bay) – TB News Late Edition
September 3, 2009 at 11:36 pm - Marjorie Delucas
"Charles Fox" is overseeing a 'Conserve the Light' conference.

CBQ-FM (Thunder Bay) – Voyage North Hour 1
September 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm - Gerald Graham
The Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation is welcoming Ontario's plan to create jobs in northern communities in the renewable energy sector. Energy Minister George Smitherman last night announced details of an aboriginal loan guarantee fund of 250 million dollars. It’s designed to give communities the money they need to get in at the earlier stages of energy projects.

CBCS-FM (Sudbury) – Points North (1)
September 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm – Dan Lessard
The Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation is welcoming Ontario's plan to create jobs in northern communities in the renewable energy sector. Energy Minister George Smitherman last night announced details of an aboriginal loan guarantee fund of 250 million dollars. It’s designed to give communities the money they need to get in at the earlier stages of energy projects.

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