Energy-related issues are at the core of many debates, as they have the potential to have large-scale impacts of First Nations’ territories and activities. The FNQLSDI closely monitors these issues, in particular those related to oil and gas exploration and exploitation, pipeline projects, shale gas extraction, wind energy development and hydro dam construction. It provides a strategic watch service and relays up-to-date, high quality information to First Nations. Based on this analysis work, the FNQLSDI also makes recommendations and develops strategies and positioning tools that support First Nations in their decision-making process. Furthermore, it supports First Nations in the implementation of energy efficiency measures, allowing them to reduce energy consumption and therefore costs to families.
Some of our achievements include:
- Organizing an information briefing within the Quebec Energy Issues Commission
- Sharing portfolios and informational material related to various energy projects (9B Enbridge Line Inversion, TransCanada’s Energy East, shale gas development, oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence)
- Organizing workshops on the topics of oil and gas in the St. Lawrence and their transportation through oil and gas pipelines
- Producing various documents (comments and proposals regarding the global SEA on hydrocarbons, First Nations energy issues, etc.)
- Facilitating the penetration of EconoLogis – a technical support program that aims to reduce residential energy consumption – in 10 First Nation communities
- Providing recommendations to the Bureau de l’Efficacité et de l’Innovation énergétiques regarding the development of a new program targeting First Nations