Today there is a growing interest and urgency to develop more electricity from clean, renewable sources – like waterpower. Proposals for waterpower development can provide new opportunities for Indigenous communities in terms of energy supply, connection to the grid, employment, transportation and economic development. For more than a decade the OWA has worked with First Nations and a number of partners to “build capacity” in both the industry and Indigenous communities.
Footprints to Follow
The Footprints to Follow publication is a catalog of Indigenous Community waterpower projects and highlights the successful partnerships of many Ontario Indigenous Communities.
In 2013, the OWA commissioned a study of northern hydro potential, the Northern Hydro Report. This study provides an objective evaluation of the costs and energy potential of Ontario’s waterpower situated in the Far North both to help inform the next procurement and policy decisions and to support key provincial socioeconomic priorities in the north.
Additional video resources pertaining to waterpower development for Indigenous Communities can be found on the OWA Youtube page, click here.
Indigenous Funding Continuum
The Indigenous Funding Continuum is a live web-based visual tool which clearly identifies all funding opportunities available for Indigenous Communities interested in becoming a partner in or a proponent of a waterpower project. The continuum is based on the typical development cycle of a waterpower project, and is categorized based on the type of funding being applied for.
The goal of the Continumm is to create an effective, user-friendly tool to assist potential First Nations proponents, partners and industry in navigating through the various funding opportunities, to quickly identify potential funding programs and to understand the criteria to apply. Click here to Access Continuum