This ongoing initiative began in the winter of 2014 as an academic survey of research on renewable energy projects in Indigenous communities in Canada. It soon became clear that, while there is limited research currently available, an inspiring number of projects are emerging across the country. This website was built to share this inspiration and contribute to the continuing development of renewable energy by Indigenous communities in Canada and beyond.
This project is led by University of Calgary professor Gregory Lowan-Trudeau with initial financial assistance provided by the Werklund School of Education. Graduate student Rajan Rathnavalu conducted the initial data collection, interactive map creation, and website development with additional volunteer assistance organized through the Chester Ronning Centre at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus. Undergraduate student researcher Hannah Hunter-Loubert also shared a review of literature developed under the supervision of Dr. Mishka Lysack from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work and Oikos Centre for the Environment through consultation with Dr. Lowan-Trudeau.
Dr. Lowan-Trudeau is also a Principal Investigator on a new CIHR Team Grant (5 years – $2 million – Dr. Heather Casteleden, Nominated PI) that will explore connections between Indigenous renewable energy developments, health, and land-based environmental knowledge.
If you have information, updates, corrections, or links related to a project in your community that you would like to add to this resource, please let us know. This is a work in progress and we would love to hear from you.