Indigenous relations and energy businesses: Building foundations for authentic and sustainable community partnerships
Community engagement in the energy sector is about recognizing Indigenous sovereignty and fulfilling reconciliation objectives, however the prescriptive nature of regulations on consultation generates the exact opposite outcomes. Subsequently, this research is meant to address how energy businesses can conduct more meaningful engagement through partnerships. The elements of a partnership are defined through interviews with engagement professionals in the energy sector. Such findings will be applied to a case example between two businesses called Rainforest Energy Corp. (RFEC) and the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council Economic Development Company Ltd. (TATC), an organization representing four First Nations groups in Saskatchewan, Canada. Both corporations have established a joint venture for developing a biofuel facility on the First Nations’ traditional territories. Board members from each corporation were also interviewed for this study. Using content analysis to examine the interview transcripts, six themes and four sub-themes were discussed broadly and applied to the case example.
Thai, H. (2023). Indigenous relations and energy businesses: Building foundations for authentic and sustainable community partnerships (Unpublished master's project). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.