Projects: Indigenous Women in Renewable Energy
In consideration of the programmatic objectives of A SHARED Future to consider Sex and Gender in our research, Melissa Quesnelle (Indigenous Sustainable Structures Collaborative, 20/20 Catalyst Alumnus) and Heather Castleden (Queen’s University) are proposing to host a series of Invitational Gatherings of Indigenous Women and gender-diverse persons who are leaders and/or community champions in renewable energy over the life of A SHARED Future, which was an expressed need that emerged from the 2017 Catalysts program. We posit that by bringing together the Alumni from the 20/20 Catalyst Program to share stories, we can generate new insights about the gendered experience of renewable energy projects involving Indigenous peoples across the country. We also envision that this initial gathering will be an opportunity for the women themselves to determine what, if any, outcomes and actions they would like to realize through a sustained female-centred network.
Melody has completed an initial round of coding on all the interview transcripts from the I-WIRE Gathering in October 2018 to produce a preliminary codebook. Melody will use this codebook to proceed with further data analysis. Throughout this initial round of coding, Melody has worked with Heather and Melissa to further refine, group and categorize the codes to improve the relevance and quality of their definitions. A second round of coding, which takes these changes into account, is currently underway. In addition, Melody has drafted a methods section, and is now working on a comprehensive literature review Indigenous women in the renewable energy sector to be completed over the next few weeks.