NRCan Program Policy Analysis

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NRCan Program Policy Analysis2018-08-07T13:06:41-04:00

Project Description

Project Brief

In collaboration with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Dr. Heather Castleden (Queen’s University) will co-lead a project with Dr. Derek Kornelsen (President, Rootstalk Resources) that will undertake a research project over the course of NRCan’s Impact Canada – Off-Diesel Challenge.[1] The goal of the project will be to understand gaps in the effectiveness of programs offered to Indigenous peoples in Canada and how these programs fit within the broader context of reconciliation. The Off-Diesel Challenge under the Impact Canada Initiative 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.




  1. Examine existing legislation, programs and policies in a two-part analysis
    i. Provide an account of the existing policy framework that guides the NRCan program
    ii. includes iterations/subsequent drafts of the initial policy analysis that will be augmented during the duration of the project, thus integrating the insights from all participants.
  2. To engage with participating communities to assess communities’ visions/priorities as well as barriers and opportunities regarding moving forward with renewable energy initiatives in general using Impact Canada’s co-creation model as an example.
  3. 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 regarding moving forward with renewable energy initiatives.
  4. To train the next generation of researchers, including Indigenous researchers, through opportunities for community trainees, student trainees and hired research assistants.
  5. To share the new knowledge through innovative Knowledge Translation (KT) activities. Our KT strategies will be designed to provide the greatest potential of arriving at shared understanding of key issues/interpretations/recommendations within and between all participants (communities, utility companies, government employees). As such, we expect to share the results of our study broadly through traditional academic channels and Indigenous organizations (publications and presentations), as well as more accessible dissemination methods such as print media, social media and web publications, and short reports and pamphlets (or other methods as recommended by participating communities) that can be shared with communities and the broader public. Further strategies will be developed in an iterative manner via interviews, focus groups, and Advisory Committee input.
  6. Commit to addressing the gender-specific biases and impacts that are related to colonization, resource development, and the policies and conventions that govern relationships between Indigenous nations, governments, and industry. As such, we will incorporate Culturally Relevant Gender-Based Analysis (CRGBA) throughout the project. That is, the policy analyses will attend to whether existing policy frameworks impact the goal of reconciliation and self-determination by, for example, constraining or enabling Indigenous communities’ attempts to maintain or restore their own understandings of gender and gender roles, or how historical and current policies have worked to transform gender roles within community. In addition, all of our interview questions will be developed collaboratively with this key question in mind in order to ensure that our focus groups and interviews provide important data regarding the relationships between sex and gender, community wellness, clean energy development, reconciliation, and self-determination.
Proposal Draft 100%
First Review 100%
Proposal Edits 100%
Second Review 100%
Executive Review 100%
Project Approval 100%