The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, located just downstream from the oilsands near Fort McMurray, is trying to shift away from its reliance on fossil fuels.

On Friday, the community unveiled new solar panels that were installed on one of its buildings.

Greg Adams, head of housing and special projects for the First Nation, says this is a significant step forward.

“Sometimes we were called hypocrites because the Athabasca First Nation, as everybody knows, goes against the oilsands and we try to get them to slow it down,” Adams said.

“We’re trying to take a step forward and we’re trying to do something for the community.”

Adams said some people are already using solar panels on their trap lines and that there are plans to install more.

The solar panel project was funded by Keepers of the Athabasca, an environmental organization.