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18 Sep 2023

Report explores common renewable energy project models between Indigenous Peoples & companies

This report explores different ownership models for renewable energy projects involving First Nations in Canada. It showcases the effectiveness of Indigenous participation in renewable energy projects while acknowledging the need for developers to demonstrate commitment to Indigenous self-determination. The report explores why, despite being a leader in Indigenous-involved renewable energy projects, BC’s growth in the sector has slowed compared to other provinces in Canada. It goes on to explain that Indigenous communities have identified a number of challenges associated with the status quo of Indigenous involvement in the energy sector in British Columbia, both in the reliance on diesel fuel and in the barriers to advancing renewable energy projects, and that some barriers identified could be overcome with shared ownership models for renewable energy projects. It says partnerships can offer First Nations and Indigenous communities more opportunities for renewable energy development, but they must be rooted in trusting and respectful relationships. The report unpacks several important practices that are critical for utilities and developers to understand to build successful partnerships with Indigenous communities.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the company mentioned in the report in relation to allegations, Manitoba Hydro, to respond, and it did not.