The First Nations

Setting the stage for lasting collaboration to improve the well-being of communities

More than ever the First Nations are engaging in energy and climate issues.

On the one hand, since their way of life is intimately linked to the land and natural resources, they are well placed to quantify the magnitude of the changes that human activities are having on the environment. 

On the other hand, the First Nations want to take direct action to improve the energy situation of their communities and their members. The objectives are manifold:

  • increasing the use of renewable energy sources located close to their communities
  • improving the energy performance of their homes and buildings by decreasing local emissions of GHGs and other pollutants
  • reducing the energy costs of households and businesses while, at the same time, improving living standards and local economies.
     

Indigenous nations in Québec

Québec is home to forty-one First Nations communities grouped into ten separated Nations. Some 57,000 Indigenous people live in their communities while nearly 33,000 others live in municipalities across Québec.

In addition, some 12,000 Inuit live mainly in northern villages located along Ungava Bay and the Hudson Strait. TEQ intends to hold discussions with the Inuit Nation in order to agree on an approach similar to that used with the First Nations.

Objectives and key measures

The main objective of the Master Plan with respect to the First Nations is to consult their representatives on issues surrounding the energy transition and to act in concert with them in order to take their needs, values and interests into consideration and to implement well-adapted measures.

A specific action plan for the First Nations

With the participation of government departments and agencies, the TEQ-First Nations committee will develop an action plan tailored to the First Nations in order to respond to the challenges of the energy transition.

The measures set out in this Plan will address, among others, the following aspects:

  • Improve knowledge in various areas where action is required 
  • Perform a diagnosis of the energy needs of the First Nations
  • Evaluate financial requirements and develop financial assistance options
  • Modify the terms and conditions of assistance programs to take the reality of the First Nations into consideration 
  • Develop expertise within the communities
  • Develop measures to raise the awareness of community members concerning energy issues and available strategies
  • Collaborate with the federal government

Diagnosis of the Residential Buildings and Community Buildings within the First Nations in Québec

Thanks to the partnership established within the TEQ-First Nations Committee with the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI) and First Nations members, an analysis was conducted of the residential and community buildings of First Nations in Québec.

This overview of the energy issues facing the buildings in these communities was developed on the basis of discussions with Aboriginal building experts, First Nations members, and experts from various federal and provincial government bodies. This analysis lays the foundations for suitable concrete actions that can be taken to support First Nations in their energy transition.

Read it today!

If you are interested in learning more about the involvement of the First Nations in the energy transition, see the complete section in the Master Plan.

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