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Partnering for Indigenous Community Energy Capacity

Indigenous Community Energy and Emissions Planning Resources

Visit our Indigenous community energy and emissions planning resource page for an inventory and jurisdictional scan of existing initiatives supporting community energy and emissions planning in Indigenous communities across Canada
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About the Initiative

In Autumn 2021, QUEST Canada launched its Partnering for Indigenous Community Energy Capacity (PICEC) initiative, an Indigenous community-led process aimed at strengthening the understanding and knowledge of the priorities, needs, and challenges of community energy and emissions planning, from the Indigenous community context. Key initiatives include developing a community energy assessment, building community capacity by recruiting energy champions, providing energy mapping support, sharing resources and guidance for community energy and emissions planning implementation, and project evaluation. Key outcomes include completed Community Energy Assessments and the development of energy priorities and next steps for participating Indigenous communities.

“Living in harmony with the environment and protecting it as an equal has been one of the toughest challenges for humans over the centuries […] With the work we are doing here, Frog Lake’s hope is to inspire other reservations and communities to help us protect and maintain our earth for generations to come.”

Michael Marty Jr.

Community Energy Coordinator, Frog Lake First Nations

Guiding Principles:


Meeting communities where they are at (non-prescriptive about communities’ objectives).


Recognizing the importance of learning from one another by emphasizing in-depth community engagement and peer-to-peer learning opportunities between communities.

Knowledge Integration

Bringing together different types of knowledge and perspectives, within and between Indigenous communities, and with the broader energy and municipal community energy and emissions planning sectors.

Indigenous Leadership

Highlighting Indigenous community leadership and empowering youth to be involved in community energy today, and in the future.


PICEC is a comprehensive process designed to support Indigenous communities with their energy initiatives. The initiative consists of five stages, each designed to support communities on their pathway to net-zero.

PICEC Timeline

Stage 1: Community Energy Assessment and Onboarding

The first stage of the initiative focuses on assessing the current energy situation and determining the energy goals and aspirations for each participating community.

Stage 2: Community Energy Champion Recruitment and Capacity Building

The second stage of the initiative supports communities with the recruitment and training of local energy champions to drive energy initiatives forward.

Stage 3: Community Energy and Emissions Planning Support

The third stage provides support to communities with the development of comprehensive community energy and emissions plans that align with their goals and objectives.

Stage 4: Community Energy Implementation Support

The fourth stage provides communities with the supports and resources necessary to implement their community energy and emissions plans.

Stage 5: Evaluation and Wrap-Up

The final stage of the initiative includes evaluating the success of participating communities’ energy initiatives.

Participating Communities

Frog Lake First Nations

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Eel River Bar First Nation

Glooscap First Nation

St. Mary's First Nation


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If you are an Indigenous community interested in reaching your net-zero goals, PICEC can help. For more information about the initiative, please contact Omar Farag, Senior Lead of Projects, at [email protected] or 866-494-2770 ext. 717.

Empowering Canadian Communities

QUEST Canada develops and implements programs and projects with the aim to nurture strategic partnerships, facilitate connections, empower community champions, and influence decisions makers, supporting communities across Canada on their pathway to net-zero. Find out more about our programs and projects:

Energy Transition Policy Program

Energy Transition Policy Program

The objective of QUEST Canada’s Energy Transition Policy Program is to engage in a collaborative discussion with energy decision-makers to align climate and energy transition planning and policies that will facilitate sustainable community energy systems in support of a net-zero carbon (carbon neutral) economy by 2050.

NCA: Prairies Cohort

NCA: Prairies Cohort

The NCA Program’s inaugural cohort, the Prairies Cohort, is currently comprised of ten participating communities from Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

New Brunswick Smart Energy Communities Accelerator Pilot Program

New Brunswick Smart Energy Communities Accelerator Pilot Program

The NB SECA Pilot Program successfully established a community energy planning accelerator to assist a series of New Brunswick communities and one First Nation, equipping them with the tools and knowledge to develop and implement community energy plans and understand the net economic benefit they can provide.