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 anticipated holding a second Gathering, but this was not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 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 the research was that in bringing together the Indigenous Women Alumni from the 20/20 Catalyst Program to share stories, we could generate new insights about the gendered experience of renewable energy projects involving Indigenous peoples across the country. The 2018 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.
A manuscript based on the team’s research findings is under development written. In addition, a short documentary film is under development with award-winning Mi’kmaw filmmaker, Cathy Martin.