Salay Prayzaan at Métis Crossing

By: Métis Nation of Alberta

The Salay Prayzaan project at Métis Crossing, formerly known as the Métis Crossing Solar Project, stands as a testament to the collaborative spirit between the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), the Town of Smoky Lake, and Smoky Lake County. With a capacity of 4.86 MW, this community solar endeavor embodies the mission and values of the MNA, serving as a model for Indigenous-led initiatives in climate action and sustainability.

Aligned with the MNA Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), Salay Prayzaan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, foster economic opportunities, and increase awareness of climate change among Métis citizens. The project not only offsets emissions from Alberta’s grid but also promotes community development and capacity building. Through partnerships with local and Métis subcontractors, Salay Prayzaan prioritizes employment and training, bolstering the region’s economy and expanding participation in the solar industry.

Moreover, Salay Prayzaan exemplifies the Métis commitment to environmental stewardship, echoing traditional values of adaptability and resilience. As stewards of the land for generations, the Métis integrate their cultural heritage into modern sustainability efforts. The project’s significance extends beyond energy generation, encapsulating the Métis ethos of self-reliance, self-governance, and sustainable living.

This initiative not only addresses current environmental challenges but also lays the groundwork for future generations. By promoting knowledge sharing and intergenerational education, Salay Prayzaan ensures that Métis youth inherit a legacy of environmental consciousness and community engagement. Through Métis Crossing, the project preserves and shares Métis traditions, fostering a sense of pride and connection to the land.