This project involves a Summer Institute to be held in the traditional unceded territories of the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq Peoples in New Brunswick, and part of the institute will be spent learning from renewable energy leaders in Tobique First Nation. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together Indigenous leaders/champions in renewable energy, along with those who are affiliated with A SHARED Future to (1) develop a richer understanding of the relational ethics that drive our research together; (2) increase our knowledge of cutting edge renewable energy practices; (3) understanding intersectoral partnerships; (4) engage in reflexive praxis concerning equity and diversity in renewable energy; (5) generate synergistic opportunities for co-learning across projects; and (6) experience, first-hand, the renewable energy initiatives that are ongoing/developing in Indigenous communities. We see the Summer Institute as an opportunity to share the knowledge that is gained there with the whole of A SHARED Future’s team by creating a variety of arts-based outputs.
We posit that by bringing A SHARED Future affiliates together for a Summer Institute we can better understand the experiences and challenges of implementing renewable energy initiatives in communities, including sex and gender considerations, that could then be shared widely as part of our equity-focused knowledge translation (EqKT) programmatic objective. We anticipate that this and our subsequent Summer Institute(s) will generate important learnings for current and future intersectoral partnerships in renewable energy, and how the A SHARED Future program can continue to assist Indigenous communities in efforts they are leading to facilitate the implementation of renewable energy initiatives.