From August 22 to 24, 2023, Tarquti Energy and Pituvik Landholding Corporation host Sillitik in Inukjuak, the first clean energy symposium of Nunavik. This event marked an important milestone in the collective effort to undertake the energy transition in the region. The 3-day event brought together some 40 Nunavimmiut from various Nunavik communities, as well as more than 30 clean energy experts, regional leaders and government decision-makers.
Highlights included enriching feedback from the Innavik project, workshops on community engagement as well as numerous participatory presentations on Nunavik energy landscape, clean energy technologies, impacts of clean energy projects and energy efficiency cases studies.
“Open discussions and knowledge sharing were at the heart of Sillitik. We are more convinced than ever that clean energy projects will be led by our people and that the region hopes that project development will involve creating value for our communities,” said Kulu Tukalak, president of Ilagiisaq’s Board of Directors and member of Tarquti’s Board of Directors.
“Nunavik’s energy transition is underway, and the success of Sillitik 2023 shows that our communities have strengths locally to reduce their dependency on fossil fuel. This week was an eye-opening experience on the impacts of climate change on our lives and above all on our role, as individual and community leaders, to take action on building clean energy projects on our own terms”, mentioned Eric Atagotaaluk, Project Director of Innavik.
The event was supported by Tarquti Energy, Pituvik Landholding Corporation, the government of Canada, the government of Quebec, the McConnell Foundation, Innavik Hydro, Trottier Family Foundation, Hydro-Québec and the Kativik Regional Government.
Nunavik leaders come together to discuss green energy (Nunatsiaq News)