Tu Beta Ts'ena (Water is Life) Gathering 2017

Posted 2017-08-16
Written by Reception
Category Community Visits

The Arctic Energy Alliance was kindly invited to set up an educational booth at the 2017 Tu Beta Ts'ena (Water is Life) Gathering in Fort Smith. Organized by the Slave River Coalition, the Keepers of the Water and the Smith’s Landing First Nation, the event was a way to celebrate the Mackenzie River watershed, understand the threats and opportunities related to water in the area, and find ways for people to protect, secure and restore the watershed.

Louise Schumann, from our South Slave office, and Kevin Cull, our new Communications Coordinator from our Yellowknife office, travelled to Fort Smith for one day of the three-day gathering.

We heard excellent discussions at the main gathering, and during breaks plenty of people stopped by our booth to ask questions on everything from LED lighting, to drain water heat recovery, to solar panels and more.

We gave away a few LED light bulbs to people who spoke with us about LED lighting, and Mary Cardinal won our prize draw: a Sun Bell solar-powered lamp and phone charger.

While in Fort Smith, we also took the opportunity to speak with representatives at local stores about the rebates available under our Energy Efficiency Incentive Program. The more our local vendors know, the easier it is to pass that information on to their customers.