Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise
Kim Scott has been a solar enthusiast her whole life, so it makes sense that she would be involved in a clean energy initiative. Her passion for clean energy has led to a leadership role for the Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) Social Enterprise. The ICE Social Enterprise is a pan-Canadian not-for-profit platform which advances Indigenous inclusion in Canada’s energy futures economy through Indigenous leadership, and broad-based collaboration with energy companies, utilities, governments, development firms, cleantech innovators, academic sector, and capital markets. In her role with ICE, she tries to make their vision of energy democracy for Indigenous communities a reality. For many years, Indigenous communities have been either largely diesel dependent or grid-connected in ways that have not always honoured Indigenous titles, and government backed monopolies have thwarted Indigenous participation in the clean energy economy. Kim wanted to be a part of changing that through her work with ICE.
With the support of ICE and people like Kim, Indigenous communities are leading the way, with more clean energy projects in Indigenous communities than in Canadian municipalities. Kim stresses that this success has not come without challenges, and highlights that advancing more hospitable policy climates that support local projects has been particularly difficult. Still, she sees enormous potential in the coming years, and has a message for all those interested in energy: “The decade of energy for all is here. Let’s make that a reality in Canada.”