Alberta Indigenous Renewable Energy Symposium is a Success!
October 10, 2017
FNPA was pleased to present Future Generations: Indigenous Renewable Energy Symposium 2017, Monday, September 18, 2017 at the River Cree Resort in Enoch, Alberta.
The succesful, invitation-only, one-day Symposium consisted of working sessions on energy issues, a showcase panel of Indigenous leaders to share lessons learned in renewable energy and a short series of presentations on the power development process. The symposium’s goals were to strengthen awareness for building Nation to Nation relationships through Indigenous-led discussion and information-sharing, as well as foster open dialogue on energy issues, economic development and business objectives for Indigenous Communities.
Information was shared to provide an overview of key renewable energy sector opportunities, challenges and critical success factors and provide assistance in navigating Renewable Energy Opportunities. Input was also gathered directly from Indigenous communities on what types of support are needed to advance into the sector. The focus was on facilitating an understanding of Alberta’s energy market and on stimulating a dialogue on renewable energy. Participants were specifically asked to share their thoughts on past and existing energy challenges, what the next thirty years might bring for renewable energy, and how First Nations might participate and benefit from renewable energy projects in Alberta.
The session was well received, with approximately 60 attendees representing 14 First Nations. The overarching message received from First Nations was a strong desire to participate in renewable energy development, both at the community level and also at the utility level. The primary barrier to achieving these outcomes was identified as lack of capacity within the communities.
A highlight of the forum was a keynote address by Alberta Minster of Indigenous Relations Richard Feehan. Other keynote speakers were:
FNPA would like to thank all those who attended for contributing to the success of the event. FNPA also thanks its event sponsors, Natural Resources Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. (Please click here to view the agenda for the event)
The next session is scheduled for February 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. Final details of the Calgary session will be announced her on FNPA’s website once they are confirmed.