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First Nations Power Authority

First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) was established in 2011 as a not-for-profit organization to facilitate the development of First Nations led power projects and promote Indigenous participation in power procurement opportunities.

The organization bridges the gaps between industry, government, and Indigenous communities to evaluate and develop Indigenous owned power generation projects. FNPA leverages project development expertise, network of industry experts, and technical advisors to develop projects resulting in increased economic benefits for First Nation communities.

The Importance of a Clean Energy Future

If COVID-19 taught us anything it is that Canada has the capacity to pull together. While we must maintain our vigilance about the pandemic, it is time to talk openly about how we can convert that commitment to other collective aspirations. Our urgent need to balance safe, reliable energy supplies with high level environmental stewardship is a prime focus for our common effort. Indigenous peoples are determined to stand with other citizens of the country as we embark on this critical journey.

Commitment to SMR Roadmap Statement of Principles

FNPA is supportive of a range of power options including Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) that establishes and implements plans for climate action and a clean energy future. Done properly, FNPA’s commitment to the SMR Roadmap Statement of Principles is contingent upon that this vital effort also contributes to economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

FNPA is committed to work with Natural Resources Canada to deliver sound public policy for Indigenous Engagement and Economic Reconciliation.

Indigenous Opportunities Through Power Generation and Delivery

While environmental benefits dominate energy discussion, much more is at stake. These high-profile initiatives would position First Nations at the leading edge of economic reconciliation and as key players in the preservation and improvement of national prosperity. The emphasis on clean, affordable, and locally generated and distributed energy will stabilize power supplies and improve the market competitiveness of all businesses and operators, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. In energy, as in so many other sectors, there is no longer a sharp division between Indigenous needs and those of the entire nation.

Concerted and values-based approaches to energy management, including focusing on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) goals, will attract increased private sector investment in renewable energy and carbon neutral projects. By ensuring production moves in-step with providers that have meaningful Indigenous participation, this approach will likewise improve procurement and supply chain opportunities for Indigenous businesses, which continue to move into the space at a rapid pace.

Canada must pay close attention to the broader benefits of effective and efficient energy production. Particularly, the combination of SMRs and clean renewable technologies could help to support new Indigenous power generation capacity efforts. This new and collaborative approach provides greater potential for own-source revenue generation opportunities for First Nation communities and businesses, thereby increasing local employment and skills training opportunities. The result will be the improved deployment, construction and operation of renewable energy and carbon neutral projects.

The Role of FNPA

First Nations Power Authority is prepared to take a leadership position in a number of areas including:

  • Actively Ensuring Indigenous Economic Reconciliation through Power Engagement
  • Delivering SMR Forums with Indigenous Communities
  • Advocating for a SMR Indigenous Technology Equity Participation Fund
  • Promoting a SMR Learning Centre of Excellence
  • Presenting a Framework for an Indigenous Secretariat within SMR

Other Canadian jurisdictions have forged energy partnerships with First Nations in hydro-electric, wind, solar, nuclear and geo-thermal projects that provide important lessons for SMRs. These initiatives work best when they are connected to First Nations job, business and wealth creation efforts. These collaborations advance shared environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) priorities, unite the contributions of large industrial emitters, consumers, and Indigenous communities.

FNPA, with superb connections with First Nations, strong engagement with industry, utilities, and governments, and an eye firmly on the future of energy production and conservation, can also channel its leadership, knowledge, and connections to optimize implementation of the SMR Roadmap.

The Pathway to Powerful Opportunities

There are a number of benefits that First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities have been able to generate from Indigenous business development. FNPA has identified a number of benefits for Indigenous communities from participation in the power sector.

Indigenous participation in the power utility sector can help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities grow own source revenues and build up resources to support community initiatives and provide a range of benefits. Key benefits from Power projects include:

  • Equity ownership of Power Generation and Distributed Energy assets
  • Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities

FNPA’s vision is for a Zero-Emissions and Sustainable Energy Future by 2050 must be achieved with Meaningful Indigenous participation and benefits that contributes to the long-term economic prosperity of Indigenous businesses, people, and communities across Canada.

First Nations Power Authority actively engages Indigenous members, Indigenous businesses, Indigenous communities, utility companies, industry, governments, and stakeholders to advance development of tangible, meaningful, and achievable investment opportunities for Indigenous companies in renewable energy and power generation.

Indigenous Power Connections Timing

FNPA has identified and defined a number of leadership areas for action over the next five to 15 years. Some are underway and will be advanced over the next three to nine months. Others such as investment capital for Indigenous participation need to be in place over the medium term as the timeframe for SMRs to be developed and deployed will occur over the next several years building to a zero emissions energy future by 2050.

The timing for SMRs and Indigenous reconciliation through power need to consider the Seventh Generation Principle with short, medium, and long-term initiatives. The decisions made today must support a sustainable ecosystem seven generations into the future.

SMR Roadmap Action Themes

First Nations Power Authority has prepared 28 SMR Roadmap Action Items under seven themes.

Each action item is noted under one of the seven themes and one or more of the four corresponding SMR Roadmap Pillars:

  • Pillar 1: Demonstration and Deployment
  • Pillar 2: Policy, Legislation, and Regulation
  • Pillar 3: Capacity, Engagement, and Public Confidence
  • Pillar 4: International Partnerships and Markets

SMR Roadmap Action Items

FNPA is presenting actions for the SMR Roadmap Action Plan by the seven Empowering Opportunities Themes to ensure relationships and an ecological sustainable power system for seven generations.

ACTIONS

CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 1. Provide Continuous, Flexible, Indigenous based Engagement Delivery
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
FNP01

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 10, 19, 30, 43

ACTION

Provide Continuous, Flexible, Indigenous based Engagement Delivery - ongoing multi-year engagement with Indigenous communities about clean energy options relevant to the Treaty or traditional territory of Indigenous Peoples’ customs, traditions, and values.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • FNPA works in partnership with Natural Resources Canada to Facilitate Indigenous Engagement
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of clean energy options and Indigenous views
  • Development of meaningful relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and businesses
  • Building a pathway to meaningful Indigenous participation in Power projects through constructive dialogue
  • Securing real opportunities for Indigenous Economic Reconciliation
ALL PILLARS: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE; INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND MARKETS
Action 2. Advance Indigenous Economic Reconciliation through Power Engagement
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP02

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 01, 02, 10, 16, 17, 19, 30, 40, 43

ACTION

Advance Indigenous Economic Reconciliation through Power Engagement - develop meaningful connections between industry and Indigenous communities to advance mutually beneficial power sector opportunities.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • FNPA engages Industry and Government to facilitate Indigenous Opportunities
  • Indigenous Equity ownership of Power Generation and Distribution assets
  • Indigenous Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities
CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 3. Follow Best Practices for Indigenous and Engagement
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP03

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 10, 19, 30, 43

ACTION

Follow Best Practices for Indigenous and Engagement - Adopting the Recommendations by using recognized approaches for meaningful engagement in “Best Practices for First Nations’ Engagement and Consultation in the Planning and Development of a Clean Energy Future in Saskatchewan” which was developed by FNPA with support from SaskPower and Natural Resources Canada in June 2019.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous people
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of clean energy options and Indigenous views
  • Development of meaningful relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and businesses
  • Building a pathway to meaningful Indigenous participation in Power projects through constructive dialogue
PILLARS 1 & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 4. Build Constructive Trust-Based Relationships with Industry and Indigenous Communities
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP04

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 10, 19, 30, 43

ACTION

Build Constructive Trust-Based Relationships with Industry and Indigenous Communities must be an imperative - through a real ongoing dialogue, understanding Indigenous views, offering real opportunities, and supports for meaningful Indigenous Participation in the Power Sector.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous people
  • Indigenous Equity ownership of Power Generation and Distribution assets
  • Indigenous Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities
PILLARS 1 & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 5. Ensure SMR Investments Generate Benefits for Indigenous Communities
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP05

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 01, 02, 10, 16, 17, 19, 30, 40, 43

ACTION

Ensure SMR Investments Generate Benefits for Indigenous Communities - all SMR Projects must take meaningful steps to establish, create, and deliver meaningful opportunities for Indigenous participation and benefits in Power Projects

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous people
  • Indigenous Equity ownership of Power Generation and Distribution assets
  • Indigenous Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities
PILLARS 1, 2, & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 6. Encourage Incentives to Provide Power Cost Benefits to Indigenous Customers
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP06

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 10, 19, 30

ACTION

Encourage Incentives to Provide Power Cost Benefits to Indigenous Customers - ensuring projects that provide Indigenous participation opportunities also offer social benefits with preferred power pricing for Indigenous communities that rely on diesel power generation, coal, and natural gas-fired power generation.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Lower power utility costs and charges for Indigenous people and communities
  • Stable and sustainable power utility costs and charges for Indigenous people and communities
  • Increased reliable, dependable, and green energy for Indigenous communities
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND MARKETS
Action 7. Promote International Opportunities for Indigenous Communities
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP07

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 34

ACTION

Promote International Opportunities for Indigenous Communities - Indigenous people, communities, and businesses can be part of the Team Canada effort to take a leadership role in International Power Marketplace.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Canada becomes a World Leader in facilitating Indigenous Business Opportunities in a Global Market
  • International opportunities for Indigenous people and businesses
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities from the global marketplace
CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 8. Propose Indigenous and Community Engagement Discusses all Factors
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP08

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 10, 19, 30, 43, 53

ACTION

Propose Indigenous and Community Engagement Discusses all Factors - technology options, full life cycle, regulatory, waste management, environment, economic, social, responsibilities, ownership, Indigenous opportunities with SMRs and MMRs.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Increased knowledge and understanding of SMR options, all factors, and Indigenous views
  • Development of meaningful relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and businesses
  • Building a pathway to meaningful Indigenous participation in Power projects through constructive dialogue
CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 9. Facilitate Meaningful Discussion and Listening to Indigenous Communities
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP09

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 10, 11, 19, 30, 43, 53

ACTION

Facilitate Meaningful Discussion and Listening to Indigenous Communities - following best practices for engagement, such as the Compendium of Indigenous Consultation and Engagement Practises - CNSC in February 2019, understanding Indigenous traditions and culture, ensuring Indigenous views are heard, considered, and guide public policy and industry direction.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous peoples
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of SMR options and Indigenous views
  • Development of meaningful relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and businesses
  • Building a pathway to meaningful Indigenous participation in Power projects through constructive dialogue
POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION
Action 10. Support a Sound Review Process
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP10

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 22

ACTION

Support a Sound Review Process - established and followed by government and regulatory bodies that is adhered to by industry with public accountability, transparency, and reporting. Participation by Indigenous communities for information sharing, including review and discussion of licensee performance via regulatory oversight reports.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Stringent requirements for environmental and social responsibilities
  • Indigenous Economic Reconciliation and Benefits are delivered for all projects
  • Ensure public confidence is in place through a thorough review process
ALL PILLARS: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE; INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND MARKETS
Action 11. Advocate for Technical, Environmental, Social, and Economic Analysis
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP11

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 12, 19, 22, 24

ACTION

Advocate for Technical, Environmental, Social, and Economic Analysis - provides the complete business case and analysis including full life cycle, regulatory, waste management, environment, responsibilities, ownership, and Indigenous opportunities with SMRs.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Thorough planning to prove the risks, impacts, and benefits for all projects
  • Indigenous Economic Reconciliation and Benefits are delivered for all projects
  • Development of meaningful relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and businesses
  • Building a pathway to meaningful Indigenous participation in Power projects through constructive dialogue
PILLARS 1, 2, & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 12. Request All Power Projects Must Demonstrate Indigenous Benefits
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP12

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 01, 02, 10, 11, 12, 19, 22, 24

ACTION

Request All Power Projects Must Demonstrate Indigenous Benefits - developing an Indigenous Benefits Policy (IB), similar to the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy (ITB) utilized by the Department of National Defence, would guarantee the establishment and delivery of meaningful opportunities for Indigenous participation and benefits in Power Projects. CNSC’s goal of being a world class regulator requires the organization to stay current with trends and good practises with respect to regulation and engagement. Where appropriate CNSC will align its approach with policy and operational innovations taking place across Canada and Internationally.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • An Indigenous Benefits Policy (IB) is required for all SMR projects
  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous people
  • Indigenous Equity ownership of Power Generation and Distribution assets
  • Indigenous Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities
  • The Implementation of a Long-Term Indigenous Engagement Strategy, which includes the Development of a Terms of Reference and Engagement Workplan through the lifecycle of nuclear facilities
PILLARS 2 & 3: POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 13. Support Comprehensive Safeguards across the SMR Lifecycle
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP13

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 22, 24

ACTION

Support Comprehensive Safeguards across the SMR Lifecycle - starting from the fuel source, the technology, power generation, co-product, by-product, and waste materials management, site life, and decommissioning requirements.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Clear Lifecycle planning, documentation, and reporting standards
  • Established safeguards and compliance standards for the planning, development, commissioning, operation, and decommissioning of a project
  • A clear process that government, industry, the public, and Indigenous communities can trust and rely on
ALL PILLARS: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE; INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND MARKETS
Action 14. Promote Lifecycle Research and Development
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP14

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 11, 15

ACTION

Promote Lifecycle Research and Development - funds to guide industry and independent research at post-secondary institutions, research entities, private companies, and academia on the SMR platforms Lifecycles.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Established baselines, technology comparisons, optimization factors, and acceptable performance thresholds for SMR platforms
  • Improvements to the technology and operations of SMRs
  • Key information to clarify facts and fiction on the nature of SMRs
POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION
Action 15. Advocate for Sound Waste Management
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP15

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 22, 24, 31, 45

ACTION

Advocate for Sound Waste Management - clear guidelines on the regulations, procedures, documentation, handling, management, reporting, and obligations for SMR waste management.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Ensuring the highest possible standards of Waste Management are met and achieved
  • Ensuring public accountability for safe waste management practices
DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT
Action 16. Advance a SMR and Clean Energy Indigenous Technology Equity Participation Fund
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
FNP16

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 01, 02, 16, 17, 40, 41, 43, 47, 51, 52

ACTION

Advance a SMR and Clean Energy Indigenous Technology Equity Participation Fund - over the medium to long term (such as 10 to 15 years) to focus Federal funding on projects that have meaningful Indigenous participation, this can be similar to the Investing in Canada Long-Term Infrastructure Plan which provides 75% funding for Indigenous partners in projects that is distinctly provided for SMR development and deployment.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Establishment of a Federal SMR and Clean Energy Indigenous Technology Equity Participation Fund
  • Support Direct Investment with Indigenous Equity
  • Support of New Technologies for Power Generation with Indigenous Equity
  • Green Jobs through with Indigenous Equity
  • Low Carbon Electricity through Indigenous Equity
  • Broad Economic Impact including Indigenous communities
  • Indigenous Inclusion in New Power Generation Technology
DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT
Action 17. Advocate for Direct Industry Supports to Projects with Meaningful Indigenous
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP17

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 01, 02, 16, 17, 40, 41, 43, 47, 51, 52

ACTION

Advocate for Direct Industry Supports to Projects with Meaningful Indigenous Participation - Federal tax incentives, financing supports, and direct investment capital need to be geared to projects that deliver Indigenous ownership that contributes to lowering risks and the cost of capital.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Federal incentives, supports, and capital directed to Projects with Meaningful Indigenous Participation
  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous people
  • Indigenous Equity ownership of Power Generation and Distribution assets
  • Indigenous Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities
PILLARS 1, 2, & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 18. Act as a Catalyst for Generating Investment Opportunities for Indigenous Communities
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP18

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 01, 02, 10, 16, 17, 40, 41, 43, 47, 51, 52

ACTION

Act as a Catalyst for Generating Investment Opportunities for Indigenous Communities - a meaningful dialogue with Indigenous people needs to produce results including opportunities for Indigenous people, businesses, and communities.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous people
  • Indigenous Equity ownership of Power Generation and Distribution assets
  • Indigenous Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities
PILLARS 1, 2, & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 19. Advocate for Employment for Indigenous People
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP19

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 47, 51, 52

ACTION

Advocate for Employment for Indigenous People - the growth, renewal, and future of the power sector needs to support diversity and result in employment for Indigenous people at all levels of industry and the supply chain.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous people
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in suppliers of the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
PILLARS 1, 2, & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 20. Advocate for Supplier Opportunities for Indigenous Business
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP020

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 01, 02, 10, 16, 17, 40, 41, 43, 47, 51, 52

ACTION

Advocate for Supplier Opportunities for Indigenous Business - the growth, renewal, and future of the power sector needs to support Indigenous and Canadian businesses along the supply chain.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous people
  • Indigenous Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities
POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION
Action 21. Encourage Establishment of an Indigenous Secretariat within the NRCan SMR Division
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP21

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 31, 32, 34

ACTION

Encourage Establishment of an Indigenous Secretariat within the NRCan SMR Division - to interact with an Indigenous Power Development Steering Committee to advance Indigenous Reconciliation, Engagement, and Participation in the Power Sector.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Establishment of an Indigenous Secretariat within the NRCan SMR Division
  • Indigenous representation and voices are at the table and critical to the dialogue
  • Indigenous voices from the Secretariat can be part of the dialogue with Indigenous communities
  • Early, often, and continuous engagement of Indigenous
  • Indigenous Equity ownership of Power Generation and Distribution assets
  • Indigenous Supplier Contracts for Goods and Services utilized by the Power Sector
  • Indigenous Employment positions for Indigenous people in the Power Sector
  • Power Industry Training and Professional Development opportunities for Indigenous people
  • Direct and Indirect Power Industry Project Benefits for Indigenous Communities
POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION
Action 22. Encourage Creation of an SMR Learning Centre of Excellence
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP22

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 48, 49, 50

ACTION

Encourage Creation of an SMR Learning Centre of Excellence - provide a post-secondary two-year Small Modular Reactor technical certificate program with credits that would be recognized under compatible four-year degree programs.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Creation of an SMR Learning Centre of Excellence
  • 2 Year Post-Secondary SMR Program
  • Compatible with 4 Year Degree Programs
  • Building Careers for the Future
  • Career Transition into Clean Energy Jobs
  • Connect New Technology + Learning
  • Promoting Indigenous Learning
POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION
Action 23. Encourage Recognized Post-Secondary Education Certificate Program
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP23

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 48, 49, 50

ACTION

Encourage Recognized Post-Secondary Education Certificate Program - post-secondary institutions can add programming developed by the SMR Learning Centre of Excellence at certificate granting institutions across the country.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Recognized Post-Secondary Education Certificate Program
  • 2 Year Post-Secondary SMR Program
  • Compatible with 4 Year Degree Programs
  • Industry partnerships to access the latest technology and equipment for training
  • Indigenous Advisory Council and an Industry Advisory Council for input
POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION
Action 24. Encourage STEM Opportunities for Indigenous People
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP24

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 39, 48, 49, 50

ACTION

Encourage STEM Opportunities for Indigenous People - ensuring diversity with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM” fields) for Indigenous people, increases interest in SMRs and supports Indigenous professionals.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Good high-tech, green jobs for Indigenous people
  • Access to highly qualified Indigenous experts on SMRs
  • Provides Indigenous communities with representation and Indigenous SMR experts
POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION
Action 25. Promote Attracting Inclusive, Diverse, and Indigenous Talent for a Future Pipeline of Leaders
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP25

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 39

ACTION

Promote Attracting Inclusive, Diverse, and Indigenous Talent for a Future Pipeline of Leaders - providing high-tech quality jobs at all levels of the Power Sector for Indigenous people.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Good high-tech, green jobs for Indigenous people
  • Access to highly qualified Indigenous experts on SMRs
  • Provides Indigenous communities with representation and Indigenous SMR experts
PILLARS 1 & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 26. Provide SMR Forums with Indigenous Communities
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
FNP26

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 35

ACTION

Provide SMR Forums with Indigenous Communities - to present information on SMR opportunities to Indigenous communities, connect Industry and Indigenous businesses, and identify investment and participation opportunities for Indigenous businesses.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Indigenous SMR Opportunity Identification
  • Indigenous partnerships with Industry
  • Indigenous Employment and Training Development
  • Indigenous Supply Chain Development
  • Indigenous Equity Participation Options
  • Leading to a corresponding Indigenous Economic Plans
ALL PILLARS: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE; INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND MARKETS
Action 27. Encourage Measures Support Renewables and SMR Options
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP27

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 04, 07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 24, 33, 39, 43, 48, 50, 51, 52

ACTION

Ensure Measures Support Renewables and SMR Options - options to advance SMRs also support all forms of clean energy such as wind, solar, small hydro, and other forms to meet future power generation and environmental and social objectives.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • An array of new clean sustainable power options
  • Indigenous participation in new and renewed power generation projects
  • Changes to the nature of power generation to benefit the environment
PILLARS 1, 2 & 3: DEMONSTRATION AND DEPLOYMENT; POLICY, LEGISLATION, AND REGULATION; CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Action 28. Encourage Support for Clean, Reliable, Affordable, and Sustainable Power for Indigenous Communities
STATUS: UPCOMING
FNP28

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 04, 07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 24, 33, 39, 43, 48

ACTION

Encourage Support for Clean, Reliable, Affordable, and Sustainable Power for Indigenous Communities - programs, policies, funding, and initiatives that deliver clean affordable power to Indigenous communities with options for Indigenous participation in the Power Generation and Delivery.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Increased knowledge and understanding of clean energy options and Indigenous views
  • Development of meaningful relationships with Indigenous people, communities, and businesses
  • Lower power utility costs and charges for Indigenous people and communities
  • Stable and sustainable power utility costs and charges for Indigenous people and communities
  • Increased reliable, dependable, and green energy for Indigenous communities
  • Building a pathway to meaningful Indigenous participation in Power projects through constructive dialogue
  • Securing real opportunities for Indigenous Economic Reconciliation