Projects: Working Towards Energy Security, Self-Determination, and Reconciliation
The goal of this collaborative research project is to understand gaps in the effectiveness of one federal funding renewable energy program and how this program fits within the broader context of reconciliation. Specifically, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is offering an Off-Diesel Challenge under the Impact Canada Initiative, which aims to provide northern remote communities in Canada with an opportunity to implement their innovative proposals for reducing diesel dependence through renewable energy projects and energy conservation initiatives. This initiative (in its current form) will first ask communities to co-create a challenge that is adapted and responsive to the needs of remote communities, with the goal of supporting innovative ideas arising from communities in remote Canada to reduce their reliance on diesel and move towards renewable forms of energy.
- To conduct a 2-part Policy Analysis to provide essential background information to participating parties;
- To engage with participating communities to assess communities’ visions/priorities as well as barriers and opportunities, particularly implementing a culturally-relevant sex- and gender-based analysis, regarding moving forward with renewable energy initiatives in general using Impact Canada’s co-creation model as an example;
- To engage with participating provincial and territorial representatives, industry, the staff/management from the relevant utility companies, and federal representatives to assess these agencies’ visions/priorities as well as barriers and opportunities , particularly implementing a culturally-relevant sex- and gender-based analysis, regarding moving forward with renewable energy initiatives;
- To train the next generation of researchers, including Indigenous researchers, through opportunities for community trainees, student trainees and hired research assistants;
- To share and exchange knowledge between all project participants and community members.