Indigenous communities are critical partners in Ontario’s energy sector and bring unique perspectives, knowledge and leadership to energy projects and energy planning. The Ministry of Energy and the IESO hosted a two-day conference in late 2017 that brought together Ontario First Nation communities, First Nation youth representatives, industry stakeholders and leading community energy experts, to facilitate discussions, share learnings, build collaboration and promote community energy planning across the province.
The broader role of regional and community involvement in energy planning also includes discussions on conservation opportunities and funding programs for First Nations and Métis, including the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) program.
Tiaré Jung of Drawing Change was contracted to create graphic recordings of some of the key sessions at the Symposium. In real time, she created compelling illustrations that reflect the ideas and opinions she heard expressed by attendees, speakers and Elders. These visuals were immensely popular as they captured complex discussions in an engaging, accessible, memorable way.