Digital Technology Supercluster Announces Virtual Clean Energy Training Platform for First Nations Communities


VANCOUVER, BC, November 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – In partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Siemens Canada and Denesoline Corporation (Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation wholly-owned subsidiary), the Digital Technology Supercluster is proud to announce its investment in empowering Indigenous communities by offering an online professional training program in clean energy power plants.

Many rural communities in the North, such as Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation are powered by diesel, which can harm both the environment and the health of residents. This project will work directly with Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories to create a virtual experiential training platform in clean energy power plants to build indigenous capacity to operate, maintain and maintain clean energy microgrid systems.

The Virtual Clean Energy Training Platform for First Nations Communities will develop a new virtual platform using BCIT’s experiential learning tools. Through this platform, community learners can remotely access, navigate and control clean energy microgrid environments in real time, providing users with a hands-on experience without leaving their community.

“BCIT is honored to partner with this groundbreaking project that gives Indigenous communities essential training in the clean energy business and helps Canadian communities transition to greener fuels,” said Kathy Kinlock, President of BCIT. “Delivering work on our own important vision for BCIT’s sustainability, this bold initiative connects education, industry and government to fuel economic recovery and resilience in our province.

This platform will train members of the Łutsël K’é Dene community for well-paying digital jobs, while accelerating the transition from diesel to renewable energy sources. Trainees will learn the technologies and components involved in clean energy power plants, operating and management guidelines, and maintenance and troubleshooting best practices.

“With the direction of from Canada Digital Technology Supercluster and the innovative thinking of the partners behind this project, the Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation will bring essential infrastructure to their community while enabling Indigenous communities to create new opportunities in today’s digital economy,” added the Honorable François-Philip ChampagneMinister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

“This is an investment in the people of Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation. We look forward to learning from this incredible partnership as we explore how best to leverage technology to benefit rural and remote Indigenous communities,” said Sue PaishCEO of the Digital Technology Supercluster.

Łutsel K’e, or “place of the cisco fish,” is the only settlement on the legendary East Arm of Great Slave Lake, a site of the new Thaidene Nene National Park. This quaint community of approximately 300 Dënesųłinés, or Chipewyan Dene, is only accessible by plane, boat or snowmobile.

This project represents a total investment of $1.2 million with $700,000 invested by industry and $500,000 co-invested through the supercluster capacity building program. To learn more about this project, visit the project page Virtual Clean Energy Training Platform for First Nations Communities.


dr. Hassan FarhangiDirector of BCIT, Applied Research Team on Smart Microgrids

“The project team will train community members from the Łutsël K’é First Nation to virtually operate and maintain clean power plants. This project could also provide similar support to the 25 other nearby Indigenous communities and mining operations that are relocating. diesel fuel for clean energy.”

Faisal KaziPresident and CEO, Siemens Canada

“Siemens Canada is proud to partner with BCIT and Łutsël K’é First Nation to help provide this virtual digital substation and facilitate an online learning environment. This platform enables students to learn about the latest IoT technologies and prepares them for a future in the clean energy economy.”

Haroun BhattiChief Innovation Officer, Denesoline Corporation

“As the business development arm of Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation (LKDFN), Denesoline Corporation, will help facilitate the training of community members by providing students with a conference room, internet services, study supplies (laptop, pen, papers, books, etc.) and d other key areas of support. Denesoline Corporation aims to make Łutsël K’é Dene the model remote community for green energy and environmentally responsible practices. We will provide the stakeholders of this project with decisive and effective band council resolutions for the development of communities and infrastructure on the ancestral lands of the LKDFN. »

About British Columbia Institute of Technology:

For more than 55 years, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has provided flexible, relevant and scalable education that prepares learners to deliver applied solutions to industry challenges – in British Columbia and around the world. With five campuses and approximately 45,000 students enrolled each year, BCIT is one of the largest post-secondary institutes in British Columbia. This project is led by the applied research team BCIT Smart Microgrid (SMART) which converges the fields of information technology, electrical engineering, communications engineering and computer science to develop prototypes and solutions to complex applied research problems. SMART performs applied R&D in emerging and next-generation technologies and helps stimulate BC’s IT industry through joint and collaborative research between industry, academia and government. Learn more at

About the Digital Technology Supercluster:

Before the curve starts here. The digital supercluster is building a better Canada growing Canadian businesses, creating a digitally skilled workforce and positively impacting lives across the country. We are accelerating the development and adoption of digital technologies that keep Canadians healthy, fight climate change and boost economic productivity. Through a powerful combination of co-investment, cross-industry collaboration, intellectual property creation and digital talent development, we unlock the potential of Canadians to lead and succeed in the digital world. For more information, visit:

SOURCE British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)


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