“Tu”, Water. “Deh-Kah”, Steam.
Understanding what geothermal energy is and how accessing it can provide for our community means doing some research. I learned that a gas field at Clarke Lake—that once helped fund so many of the programs we needed to grow up safe, healthy, and self-sufficient—is now depleted of gas but offers unprecedented access to a geothermal reservoir below the site, and the heat from this water can be captured, through a complex but carefully designed process, and ultimately provide us clean electricity and direct-heat.
I wanted this logo to visually communicate what I feel are the most important elements of this project: that hot, roiling liquid is alive and constant in the earth beneath us; that steaming hot water is at the centre of what is being harnessed through this process; and that ultimately it will provide electricity and well-being inside our homes.
Ideally, the Dene K’e words “Koh Tu”, Fire Water, could have best captured the power of Geothermal Energy, but “Koh Tu” has been co-opted in the last couple of centuries as a term for alcohol. So, I chose a name that instead celebrates the element of Water, “Tu”, in a state of Steam: “Deh-Kah”. The name “Tu Deh-Kah Geothermal” celebrates this ground-breaking project’s place within Traditional Dene Territory, and its ownership being 100% Indigenous.
— Kerissa Dickie
Kerissa Dickie is a Fort Nelson First Nation member and recognized emerging Indigenous artist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and is the proud owner of Air Communications Inc. In 2021, she was selected to be one of 15 Audible Indigenous Writers across Canada. Kerissa is a community builder who founded two writer support groups, Northern Rockies Writers and Misfits Inc. and the Fort Nelson First Nation Eh-Tseh Deh-Kleh Writing Group.