In consideration of the programmatic objectives of A SHARED Future to consider culturally-relevant gender-based approaches in our research, Naatoi’lhkpiakii (Melissa Quesnelle) and Heather Castleden hosted an Invitational Gathering of Indigenous Women who are leaders and/or community champions in renewable energy in 2018 at the Banff Centre. We anticipate holding a second Gathering in 2021. This project emerged from an expressed need amongst Indigenous Women who had completed a one-of-a-kind Indigenous Clean Energy training initiative, the 20/20 Catalyst Program. The premise of our research is that in bringing together the Indigenous Women 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. The initial gathering was an opportunity for the women themselves to determine what if any, outcomes and actions they would like to realize through a sustained female-centered network.
The I-WIRE Research Gathering was held in October 2018. Indigenous women came together from across the country to share their stories about being involved in the renewable energy sector. We have completed one round of data analysis. A second round of coding, which takes these changes into account, is currently underway. In addition, a medium-length documentary film is being produced in collaboration with award-winning Mi’kmaw filmmaker, Cathy Martin.