First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) was established to create opportunities for First Nation communities through partnerships, economic reconciliation, and education. They facilitate economic and social success by prioritizing and achieving goals that are important to their communities.

FNPA bridges the gap for Indigenous communities so that they can be active participants in the energy sector by facilitating open communication among First Nation organizations, governments, and utility companies.

By acting as a liaison between government power providers and various corporations in the power industry, the FNPA opens the door for meaningful First Nation involvement and enables organizations to achieve their goals of being better providers for First Nations communities.

FNPA also contributes expertise to the advancement of power projects by providing diverse perspectives and knowledge from many nations, as well as technical knowledge through an Indigenous lens.

FNPA’s results directly support the independence of communities and specifically provides Indigenous communities with robust economic and social opportunities. Because the electricity industry is responsible for the generation, transmission, and distribution of energy across Canada, Indigenous voices must be included and consulted in power project plans to ensure remote and First Nation communities receive the power they require.

Our History

In the early 2000’s, Saskatchewan was enjoying a booming economy. There were high potash prices, oil and gas prices and the farmers were enjoying bumper crops. The people of Saskatchewan were benefitting – but Indigenous people weren’t sharing in the wealth that the province was realizing.
 
The Government of Saskatchewan recognized this disparity and created programs for Indigenous people to become involved in generating their own power.
 
This was timely for many First Nations communities, as they were paying up to $2000/ month for household electricity bills, and people in Northern communities were experiencing regular power outages.
 
Also, many northern First Nations communities are experiencing huge effects on their lifestyles and livelihoods as caribou migrations, different hunting and gathering patterns, northern wldfires and displacement from their homes due to climate change.
 
It is time for our Indigenous communities to standup and take a leadership role in our energy production, and leading the clean energy movement. As we expand into other provinces, we are starting a movement.
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Transparency

Transparency is exchanging knowledge, ideas and information needed for team members to make quality decisions, adapt to change and complete important work.

Collaboration

Collaboration is appreciating how diverse thinking and ideas can contribute to better business results. This involves acknowledging the skills, knowledge and capabilities of team members and partners.

Accountability

Accountability is owning and being responsible for your impact on both business results and the people that you work with.

Creating and sustaining trust

Creating and sustaining trust is demonstrating the importance of people and personal integrity by following through on commitments and practicing honest and ethical behavior.

Vision Statement

Empowering First Nations communities to pursue energy sovereignty through clean energy initiatives.

Mission Statement

FNPA assists First Nations communities to navigate the clean energy sector through meaningful engagement with industry partners.

As Long as the Sun Shines, Grass Grows
and Rivers Flow

FNPA is advancing with a vision of self-reliance and sustainability through the implementation of a nation- to-nation, sovereign and self-determining relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canada.
 
This vision includes implementing the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship that contributes to sustaining our lands, water and clean air that allows for healthy regeneration of all life on mother earth and ensures the well-being of all future generations.

Vision Statement

Empowering First Nations communities to pursue energy sovereignty through clean energy initiatives.

Mission Statement

FNPA assists First Nations communities to navigate the clean energy sector through meaningful engagement with industry partners.

As Long as the Sun Shines, Grass Grows
and Rivers Flow

FNPA is advancing with a vision of self-reliance and sustainability through the implementation of a nation- to-nation, sovereign and self-determining relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canada.
 
This vision includes implementing the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship that contributes to sustaining our lands, water and clean air that allows for healthy regeneration of all life on mother earth and ensures the well-being of all future generations.

Strategic Partnerships

Collaboration is appreciating how diverse thinking and ideas can contribute to better business results. This involves acknowledging the skills, knowledge and capabilities of team members and partners.

Strategic Partnerships

Collaboration is appreciating how diverse thinking and ideas can contribute to better business results. This involves acknowledging the skills, knowledge and capabilities of team members and partners.

Our Successes

Making Progress: Indigenous Advisory Council for SMR Action Plan

Launched in December 2019, A Strategic Plan for the Deployment of Small Modular Reactors has brought together the governments of Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Alberta to work together to advance SMRs in Canada through an inter-provincial Memorandum of...

Job Posting – Accounting Officer 1

Accounting Officer 1 # of Positions:                           1 Employment Terms:                  Full Time Permanent Education:                                Post-Secondary Education Experience:                               Min 5 Years' experience Apply By:      ...

Job Posting – Project Coordinator

FNPA CEP_Posting April 25 2022 Position: Project Coordinator (Contract – 4 to 8 months)The Organization:FNPA is the only North-American non-profit Indigenous owned and controlled organization developing power projects with Indigenous communities. FNPA bridges the gaps...

PATHWAY TO POWERFUL OPPORTUNITIES

FNPA across Canada

Over the past year, FNPA has participated in a number of conversations with the Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian Wind Energy Association, Canadian Nuclear Association, provincial and municipal electrical utilities, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, as well as large and small providers of renewable energy. All of which are looking forward to seeing how FNPA’s vision can lead to exciting new ‘powerful opportunities’ in Canada.

FNPA across Canada

Over the past year, FNPA has participated in a number of conversations with the Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian Wind Energy Association, Canadian Nuclear Association, provincial and municipal electrical utilities, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, as well as large and small providers of renewable energy. All of which are looking forward to seeing how FNPA’s vision can lead to exciting new ‘powerful opportunities’ in Canada.

British Columbia

One such example is FNPA’s participation in the First Nations Clean Energy Summit organized by Clean Energy BC. This provided an introduction to many First Nations communities in British Columbia as they learn how to best develop clean energy projects.

The result was increased awareness of FNPA’s success in Saskatchewan with FNPA CEO Guy Lonechild presenting opportunities for collaboration with BC First Nations. Accordingly, the British Columbia Utilities Commission released their report on establishing First Nations-owned utilities, utility development and possibilities of new regulation of electricity systems on reserve.

New Wind and Solar Opportunities in Western Canada

An emerging area for FNPA and First Nations is identifying self-generation opportunites with large industrial consumers of electricity in Saskatchewan. These discussions are leading to partnership opportunities with major companies looking to reduce their cost of energy, lower their carbon footprint and achieve their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Goals. It presents exciting prospects to increase Independent Power Producer capacity and growth trajectory. The mining sector has been a significant partner and contributor to Indigenous supply chain opportunities and FNPA looks forward to growing these opportunities for the benefit of our General Member and Industrial Member base in new power generation in Saskatchewan.

EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES IN ONTARIO, NEW BRUNSWICK, ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN

The provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan have agreed to explore the development of Small Modular Reactors (SMR) as a way to reduce carbon emissions from the electricity sector. With the release of Canada’s Action Plan regarding SMRs on December 18, 2020, FNPA is uniquely qualified to provide support withIndigenous engagement and economic participation. Some highlights of the year were hosting the first ever National Indigenous Forum on Small Modular Reactors and dialogue with Indigenous leadership and various provincial governments on key development action items committed under Natural Resources Canada’s SMR Action Plan.

The Provinces of New Brunswick and Ontario will be areas of particular interest to FNPA’s expansion through SMR and Hydrogen Technology development across the country. With countries like the US, China and Japan racing to develop these new technologies, Canada cannot do this without the support and meaningful involvement of the Indigenous people in these three provinces with other provinces and territories looking closely at SMR Roadmap and Action Plan.

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Office

First Nations University of Canada
1 First Nations Way
Regina, SK S4S 7K2

Phone: +1(306) 359-3672

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