AWA Talk: Advancing Energy Autonomy through Community-Based Research

March 29, 2022 - 5:00pm

While Canada is generally regarded as a global leader in renewable energy development, the electricity-generation mix differs dramatically at the off-grid scale, where 190 predominantly Indigenous communities remain heavily dependent on diesel fuel for heat and power generation. A growing body of academic literature and supporting policy calls for a rapid transition to renewables in off-grid communities, however there is less evidence on how Indigenous Peoples themselves experience off-grid energy sustainability and envision sustainable energy futures. This presentation details a 5+ year community-based research partnership with the NunatuKavut Community Council, who represent several Inuit diesel powered communities in southern Labrador. A unique participatory planning approach centres community rights, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and local needs and priorities in the pursuit of decolonized processes of decarbonization.

AWA is pleased to host a talk over Zoom by Dr. Nick Mercer, who will be presenting on this research partnership with the NunatuKavut Community Council.