Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE) highlights Indigenous and community-led renewable energy projects as the future of climate action during COP27, the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
By Indigenous Clean Energy
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EG, Nov. 18, 2022 – The Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) delegation wraps up its time at COP27 with an impactful event illustrating Indigenous and community avenues to sustainable energy futures. Chief Sharleen Gale, Daphne Kay, Mihskakwan James Harper, Dane De Souza and Blaine Chislett shared insights, traditional knowledge, and wide breadths of experiences about what it means to forge a trail for Indigenous clean energy projects locally, nationally and globally.
The delegation also held an Indigenous Clean Energy Connection event which brought together people from around the globe to share knowledge, experiences and build kinship. AJ Esquega, Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias and Chris Henderson hosted the event sharing their personal stories and connections. They introduced the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek and Inukjuak Indigenous community clean energy documentaries which illustrate the evolution that these nations have and continue to undergo to achieve sustainability and protect Mother Earth.
The story of energy in Canada has turned a new chapter. Indigenous nations are leading the clean energy transition as the second-largest clean energy asset owners in the country. This evolution of energy access and sovereignty is distinct and there are many pathways and learnings that can be adapted to support other Indigenous and marginalized communities around the world.
The Indigenous Clean Energy team brought forth many examples of systems created in a good way such as: collective community energy planning; fair partnership models; capacity-building by and for communities; more equitable policy adaptions; accessible funding programs; shifts in utility mechanisms and many other. The delegation made the following calls to action throughout the COP27:
- Respect, adhere and act on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Indigenous knowledge and ways of being are sustainable climate action
- Ground all climate work in human rights and environmental protection and restoration
- Invest in communities rights and support mechanisms that lead their own energy futures
- Implement collective decision-making practices into processes and policies
- Create funding and capacity-building programs by and for the people they are intended to impact
- Create pathways for Indigenous communities to hold meaningful equity ownership in clean energy projects
Indigenous clean energy projects and capacity-building programs would not be possible without strong partnerships and support. Indigenous Clean Energy is grateful for ongoing partnerships with various departments of the Government of Canada in their commitments to supporting Indigenous climate leadership nationally and internationally. ICE appreciates the collaboration at COP27 with Natural Resources Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
About Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE)
ICE is the leading platform in accelerating First Nations, Inuit, and Métis participation in clean energy projects in Canada from coast to coast to coast. ICE supports Indigenous Peoples to be clean energy change agents through capacity building, skills development, career training, and mentorship with high-quality and hands-on programming that is by, for and with community.
Sydney Howard, ICE Communications Manager
Freddie Huppé Campbell, Global Hub Program Lead