Our program consists of academics, utilities, industry, not-for-profit and 15 northern and Indigenous communities in Canada, Alaska, Sweden and Norway. Outlined below are a few of the organizations critical to developing our partnership and achieving success in research related to the deployment of renewables in remote communities.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
"The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in interested in contributing to this multi-disciplinary, trans-sector and trans-national initiative that will help to advance our mandate of exploring and facilitating dialogue around contemporary human rights issues. This program is an example of how energy justice in Indigenous communities can contribute in a constructive way to exploration and public education on concrete examples of pathways toward reconciliation."
- Dr. John F. Young, President and Chief Executive Officer
“Valard is committed to community engagement and community-focused strategies, which is why Valard is greatly interested in participating in the Flagship Program. This partnership takes a community-directed approach to understanding, identifying and executing energy sustainability. This partnership will allow Valard to continue to build and maintain strong relationships with the Indigenous Communities that Valard works with and for.”
- Steve Sousa, Chief Commercial Officer
Gwich'in Council International
"This is a timely initiative that responds to both a pressing need at the community level for increased capacity and knowledge about renewable energy opportunities in remote and Indigenous communities. Of particular interest is GCI's Arctic Sustainable Energy Futures Toolkit, which we hope to be able to expand on through this program."
- Grant Sullivan, Executive Director
Gwich'in Tribal Council
"The threat of climate change for Indigenous peoples in the Arctic, such as the Gwich’in of the Northwest Territories, is obvious. We need to start taking immediate action in partnership with other organizations to implement new technologies to ensure the longer term resiliency and sustainability of our communities."
- Ken Smith, Grand Chief
Luleå University of Technology
"LTU looks forward to working with the CASES Partnership on this timely and compelling program that has the potential to provide real-life benefits on an international scale. LTU has long-standing experience and interest in technical, political and economic analyses of the institutional preconditions required for energy transitions and the questions of local influence, benefits, benefit sharing and possible trade-offs between renewable energy production and other local values and land uses."
- Dr. Daniel Örtqvist, Professor and Head of the Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences and Dr. Elisabet Kassfeldt, Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and its Group of Companies
"We fully support this timely and essential partnership that will make great strides in enhancing the quality of life for Canada's Northern and Indigenous communities. We believe it will continue to help the PBCN bring economic and social opportunity and stability to its members."
- Peter A. Beatty, Chief, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation
"This program provides the opportunity for students to gain valuable knowledge and experience under an impressive cohort of national and international academic researchers together with industry partners, in a field that is of great importance to the continued development of remote and Indigenous communities in Northern Saskatchewan. The sustainable energy sector has the potential for incredible growth and this partnership will provide students with marketable skills and know-how that will allow them to succeed and eventually lead this industry, in years to come."
- Dr. Susan Blum, Associate Vice-President, Applied Research and Innovation
University of Alaska Fairbanks/Alaska Centre for Energy and Power
"UAF is excited to partner with the U of S and other CASES partner members on this ambitious and important project. The expected research and network-building will enable the growth and advancement of sustainable and renewable energy systems in the circumpolar north that has the potential to bring increased social and economic benefits to the people of Alaska. In particular, this program creates community-to-community partnerships, especially Indigenous-to-indigenous modes of communication that have been lacking across the North."
- Dr. Larry Hinzman, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Tromso, UiT The Arctic University of Norway,
"Our diverse, multi-disciplinary group of researchers will bring a distinctive focus and lens to the partnership that will provide unique insights and expertise for the study of other international, northern regions."
- Dr. John Arne Opheim, Faculty Director and Dr. Tore Guneriussen, Head of Research Management, University of Tromso, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
The University of Winnipeg
"This exciting partnership will provide an exceptional opportunity for international collaboration to develop valuable tools for long-term benefit to northern communities for sustainable energy security. This research supports the University's strategic directions of Sustainability, Indigenization, Knowledge Mobilization and Student Experience and Success."
- Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice-President, Research and Innovation
York Factory First Nation
"We believe that more sustainable and environmentally-friendly forms of energy will be necessary for the continued survival of YFFN and other Indigenous communities in the remote areas of northern Manitoba and that this partnership will provide the framework to move forward in this area. We look forward to collaborating with partners to develop much-needed solutions in the area of northern sustainable energy security in Indigenous communities that respects and protects our inherent rights as Indigenous Peoples."
- Louisa Constant, Councillor