Strategic Partnerships Initiative: First Nations Power Authority

The Strategic Partnerships Initiative, or SPI, is an innovative program that increases Aboriginal participation in complex economic development opportunities.

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Narrator: The Strategic Partnerships Initiative, or SPI, is an innovative program that increases Aboriginal participation in complex economic development opportunities.

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Strategic Partnerships initiative
Aboriginal Participation
Economic Development Opportunities

Visuals: Windmills, Power poles, Windmill and Power poles

Narrator: One of SPI's major successes has been supporting the establishment of the First Nations Power Authority, or FNPA, an organization that has advanced the development of Aboriginal-led businesses in the Saskatchewan energy sector.

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Regina, Saskatchewan
First Nations Power Authority

Visuals: Map of Canada, Hotel and Solar Panel

Leah Nelson Guay: We in essence have become a centre of excellence for highly technical information; how to access world class industry partners.

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Lower Third: Leah Nelson Guay
CEO, First Nations Power Authority

Visuals: Interview with Leah Guay, Windmills

Leah Nelson Guay: In many cases communities would have had to go out and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to learn and understand what they can get from us in a couple of hours.

Visuals: Windmills

Leah Guay: The Strategic Partnerships Initiative Program was absolutely instrumental to the creation of our organization.

Visuals: Windmills, Interview with Leah Guay

Leah Guay: There aren't any other programs that really understood the value of bringing something up from a grassroots perspective, identifying what the First Nations needs were and then at the same time being market facing. SPI let us do that.

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Grassroots Perspective

Visuals: Field with Power poles, Close-up of field grass, Farmed field, Road lined with Power poles, Interview with Leah Guay

Rajeev Ludu: The Strategic Partnerships Initiative was initiated to allow all federal government departments to work together on economic development opportunities in the Aboriginal community across Canada.

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Lower Third: Rajeev Ludu
Senior Business Officer, Western Economic Diversification Canada

Visuals: B-roll of Rajeev Ludu writing in office, Interview with Rajeev Ludu

Rajeev Ludu: Western Economic Diversification is a signatory under the SPI program. Our mandate is to promote economic acceleration for Aboriginal people, innovation, commercialization of technologies, trade and investment, industrial regional benefit program, and the final priority is skills and development.

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Western Economic Diversification Canada
Economic Acceleration
Commercialization of Technologies
Trade Investment
Industrial and Technological Benefits

Visuals: City office buildings, Time-lapse of clouds and field, First Nations University, Windmill close-up, Cargo Train, Power poles, Interview with Rajeev Ludu

Rajeev Ludu: SPI stimulates communication and having groups like the First Nations Power Authority is invaluable.

Visuals: Rajeev Ludu working on laptop, Interview with Rajeev Ludu

Rajeev Ludu: It deals with innovation to commercialize new technologies in the renewable energy sector, as well as to promote access to economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in remote communities.

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Commercialize Technologies
Renewable Energy Sector
Economic Opportunities

Visuals: Power poles, Solar tracker wind guide, Interview with Rajeev Ludu, Road with field and sky

Narrator: As a direct result of SPI funding, FNPA was able to secure a 10 year Master Agreement with Saskpower, the principal electric utility in Saskatchewan.

Visuals: Canada logo on building with tree, Building with Fountain, SaskPower sign

Narrator: The Master Agreement has allowed First Nations to grow their expertise in the development of energy projects to help meet Saskatchewan's growing demand for power and replacement energy solutions.

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Master Agreement
Development of Energy Projects

Visuals: Windmill with field flowers, Solar panels, Office shots of Wayne Rude and co-workers

Wayne Rude: The role of FNPA is to try to find a mutual alignment between Saskpower's needs and the interests of First Nations.

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Lower Third: Wayne Rude
Director or Aboriginal Relations, SaskPower

Visuals: Interview with Wayne Rude, Time-lapse clouds with Solar Panels

Wayne Rude: There are mechanisms within the Master Agreement that create specific opportunity agreements dedicated to certain types of generation.

Visuals: Time-lapse clouds with Solar Panels, Bird on Solar Panel, Interview with Wayne Rude

Tribal Chief Felix Thomas: There's a number of different ways that FNPA can help First Nations get into the power development side.

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Lower Third: Tribal Chief Felix Thomas
Chairman, First Nations Power Authority

Visuals: Eagle statue, Interview with Felix Thomas, Solar Panels with Hotel

Tribal Chief Felix Thomas: We need somebody to pave the way for others using our master agreement to sell back power to Saskpower, providing the technical help for First Nations, or becoming partners and developers.

Visuals: Solar Panels with Hotel, Office shot of Felix Thomas with Christopher Adams, Interview with Felix Thomas

Narrator: With support from SPI, FNPA was able to build partnerships and coordinate key resources from federal government departments, the First Nations owned corporation FHQ Developments and industry leader Lockheed Martin Canada to implement an innovative solar demonstration project in the city of Swift Current.

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Support From SPI
Partnerships Key Resources
Solar Demonstration Project

Visuals: City Park with Offices, Field with fence, Canada Flag, Office shot of Christopher Adams, Office shot of Fred Jardine and Dave Gerwing, Lockheed Computer Screen, City of Swift Current sign on building

Leah Nelson Guay: One of the first questions that we get asked is how do we do something about the cost of energy in our community. And so the solar demonstration project gave us a tangible opportunity to explore the customer side of the power usage and collect the data on how that's going to work and actually impact the economics within the community.

Visuals: Interview with Leah Guay, B-roll of Leah Guay working in her office, Time-lapse of Solar Panels, Field flowers

Fred Jardine: FNPA actually represents I think the opening, the beachhead of an economic opportunity for both ourselves but most importantly in partnership with Aboriginal communities.

Lower Third: Fred Jardine
Director of Industrial Strategy, Lockheed Martin Canada

Visuals: Lockheed Martin office sign, Interview with Fred Jardine, Time-lapse of Solar Panel

Dave Gerwing: So what we have is an integrated community energy system. It ends up getting about 35% more energy than you would with just fixed solar panels.

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Lower Third: Dave Gerwing
Technical Operations Manager, Lockheed Martin Canada

Visuals: Time-lapse of Solar Panel, Interview with Dave Gerwing

Christopher Adams: The solar demonstration project is very reflective of First Nations values particularly those related to environmental sustainability and sustainable economic development.

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Lower Third: Christopher Adams
General Manager, FHQ Developments
Environmental Sustainability

Visuals: Interview with Christopher Adams, Clouds and sun with solar panel, Interview with Christopher Adams

Narrator: The Core Master Agreement with Saskpower and the Solar Demonstration Project in Swift Current are just some of the many successful projects initiated by FNPA. Thanks to support from SPI, FNPA has begun to transform the energy sector in Saskatchewan into a cleaner, more prosperous and more inclusive industry for Aboriginal people.

Visuals: Bridge, solar panel shots, Power poles, Field with sunset, Solar panel with Lockheed Martin logo and bird, Solar panel with field

Leah Nelson Guay: FNPA wouldn't exist without the SPI program.

Visuals: Interview with Leah Guay

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