The Atlin Hydro Project: Making a Meaningful Contribution to Community Health and Well-Being

The Conference Board of Canada, 35 pages, January 27, 2021
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This impact paper on the Taku River Tlingit First Nation’s development, operation, and ownership of the Atlin hydro project offers a number of lessons on supporting and pursuing Indigenous participation in clean energy projects.

Document Highlights

This case study of the Atlin hydro project looks at the benefits and challenges for the Taku River Tlingit First Nation in financing, building, and operating a clean energy project. Some highlights:

  • As a result of their work and ownership, the Taku River Tlingit First Nation are becoming established experts in Indigenous clean energy projects.
  • By bringing in private sector expertise to help develop the project, the Taku River Tlingit First Nation were able to work alongside these experts, which resulted in a transfer of skills and knowledge.
  • The Atlin hydro project provides the Taku River Tlinigt First Nation with critical revenue, which they are investing back into the local economy.
  • Involvement in clean energy projects can have a positive impact on community health and well-being.
  • Participation in clean energy projects is one way to increase Indigenous autonomy and capacity for self-determination. Its completion translated into a renewed sense of pride in being Tlingit.

Table of Contents

Key Findings


The Atlin hydro project

Recognizing diversity in the experiences of Indigenous communities participating in clean energy projects

Key considerations and challenges to local participation

The Atlin hydro project’s contribution to skills and capacity development

Pursuing community objectives and benefits

The Atlin hydro expansion

The community impact of the hydro project


Appendix A—Data limitations in Atlin

Appendix B—Methodology

Appendix C—Bibliography

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