Brief Summary of Initial Findings

  • Approx. 300 Indigenous clean energy projects in 194 communities across Canada
    • Many are feasibility studies or in early stages of development
    • Different mixes of renewables from province to province
    • Most in BC (153) and Ontario (79)
    • Alberta has limited number of projects (approx. 12 at last count), but new provincial solar fund should increase developments
  • Two main government funding sources: BC’s First Nations Clean Energy Fund and ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities
  • Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous companies are emerging to lead and partner in developments
  • Promising links to cultural renewal, resistance, sovereignty, and energy security
  • Important to consider whether developments are led by outsiders with token involvement of community or community-driven
  • Very limited academic literature in this area, many opportunities for further research

Related Publication

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2017). Indigenous environmental education: The case of renewable energy projects. Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Educational Studies Association. 0(0), 1-13. [Online First]

Review of Literature

Hunter-Loubert, H. (2016). Indigenous renewable energy literature review. Unpublished literature review, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary.