2017 International Remote Renewables Workshop Yukon Government Pembina Institute

Advancing financial mechanisms and building Indigenous capacity for clean energy projects in Canadian Indigenous communities

Please note that the conference has been moved up a day.

The pre-conference day will be on Monday, Oct. 23, the main conference will be on Tues, Wed Oct. 24-25 and the post-conference day will be Thursday, Oct. 26. The website will be updated shortly to reflect these changes.

Monday, October 23 - Workshops, meetings and mini-trade show
Tuesday, October 24 to Wednesday, October 25 - Conference
Thursday, October 26 - Workshops and Field Trips

This website will be updated regularly when further details are available on agenda, speakers, and pre- and post-conference event days. Check back often.


There are still various sponsorship opportunities available for the conference.
Please contact Dave Lovekin for more information:

Email: davel@pembina.org
Phone: 250-634-0846


This conference will focus on two critical dimensions of advancing clean energy systems: financial capacity and human capacity. We will explore what kinds of important financial mechanisms and human capacity programs will enable the continued success of clean energy deployment.

Financial Capacity – A novel approach to financing community clean energy projects is needed. Too often these projects are not economical compared to status quo systems and thus require government grants and capital dollars to get them built. We need to change our approach and develop better ways of financing so Indigenous communities have the necessary equity and long-term revenue to make these projects work for them. This financial aspect will be one focus of the conference.

Human Capacity – Developing and operating clean energy projects in communities requires human capacity on many fronts. For Indigenous communities, this means supporting them to champion their own energy future transition. Success requires upfront engagement and sharing of traditional and western knowledge to ensure projects are developed in line with Indigenous values. Capacity doesn’t end there; projects will be successful when the community has an integral role in the project, whether they have an ownership stake, receive revenue or provide skilled workers that maintain the system. This human capacity aspect of clean energy systems will be the second focus of this conference.

Conference Objectives:

  • Maintain the growth of capacity to develop and benefit from renewable energy projects in remote communities across Canada with special attention to Indigenous communities
  • Support Indigenous leaders from remote communities in sharing their experience with renewable energy projects and encouraging more leadership, learning and participation of Indigenous communities
  • Leverage federal government support to transition remote Indigenous communities onto clean energy system, as per financial commitments announced in Budget 2017
What to Expect

This year’s conference is expecting to have 200 participants, including Indigenous community leaders, representatives from provincial, territorial and federal governments, academia and researchers, non-profits, the financial sector and renewable energy industries.

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The Pembina Institute is working to solve the challenges in Canada’s transition to clean energy. Our work with Indigenous communities is driven by our belief that improving the quality of life in communities is necessary and possible, and that advancing clean energy and supporting the leadership of Indigenous communities in their own clean energy transition has tremendous health, environmental, social, economic and community benefits to everyone. 


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