First Nations Power Authority and SaskEnergy have signed a memorandum of understanding with the goal to provide a framework to explore sustainable energy security solutions for non-gasified First Nations communities. Another aim of the MOU is to increase Indigenous economic participation through cleaner energy initiatives. 

The MOU formalizes a commitment by SaskEnergy and FNPA to work closely with First Nations communities to support access to safe and reliable energy.  

Right now, SaskEnergy serves 52 First Nations in the province, there are many others seeking reliable, cost-effective energy to heat homes and buildings in their communities. 

“Working with the First Nations Power Authority, SaskEnergy will expand their already successful Indigenous procurement policies and practices and explore options to bring natural gas to more First Nations communities,” said Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy. By signing this agreement, SaskEnergy is continuing to make progress addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #92.” 

To assess the full energy needs of First Nations, FNPA has been conducting community energy audits with First Nation communities. 

“Our Community Energy Plans provide a roadmap for Indigenous people to figure out the best path to have access to clean energy,” says Guy Lonechild, CEO First Nation Power Authority. “Through collaboration with SaskEnergy and the implementation of energy audits, we’re not just energizing communities, but empowering Indigenous-led initiatives towards a cleaner, more secure energy future.” 

SaskEnergy has pledged to engage and work with Indigenous-owned businesses and Indigenous communities as well as bring the Corporation’s operations emissions down 35 per cent by 2030.