The IESO is proud of the positive relationships, built over many years between Indigenous communities and the IESO. The continuous commitment to these relationships has created the foundation for an effective ongoing dialogue.
As a result, many communities play an ongoing role in shaping Ontario’s energy activities. They have been enabled to take advantage of policies and programs that allow them to generate revenue and participate in the energy sector in a way that is consistent with their cultural and environmental values.
conserving energy and better managing its use for their community
gaining the skills and knowledge needed to generate renewable energy where they live and work
Pic River First Nation (courtesy Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.)
enabling further business development from revenue and partnerships in clean energy projects
better understanding the kinds of opportunities available to them and their communities in the energy field.
Indigenous Conservation Programming
The IESO has prepared a report with options to improve conservation programs, and access to programs for First Nations and Métis, including communities served by independent power authorities (IPAs). The report titled Indigenous Conservation Programming: A New Approachwas informed by an open engagement with feedback gathered from First Nations and Métis representatives through community meetings, the Indigenous Community Energy Symposium, a public webinar and other outreach activities. Further details on the plan to implement the report’s recommendations will be made available through IESO’s engagement webpage.
Long term planning
Indigenous communities add a valuable perspective to the IESO’s long-term electricity planning in many regions throughout the province. First Nation communities are currently the majority shareholder in the ongoing planning and development work to connect a number of the remote communities to the provincial transmission grid.
Current programs continue to support a variety of aims, including:
the creation of community energy plans, which help communities determine local interests, needs, and opportunities for renewable energy development, through the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan program.
These mutual investments of time, energy and capital are helping Ontario meet near- and long-term goals for a sustainable and reliable electricity supply and ensuring that Indigenous peoples are a part of the energy sector.
A 2016 long-term planning consultation at the roundhouse in Nigigoonsiminikaning First Nation