Opportunities for Alleviating Indigenous Energy Poverty in BC

Indigenous communities, especially those in remote locations, experience much higher rates of energy poverty than the rest of British Columbians. Energy poverty occurs when an individual allocates a disproportionately high percentage of their income towards household energy costs. The negative repercussions of energy poverty are not only economic, but also social, physical and environmental. Activities in the home such as cooking, cleaning, bathing and sleeping are examples of daily tasks that are directly affected by a lack of affordable and accessible energy.
This research project has two components. The first involves an investigation into the extent of on-reserve energy poverty in BC. This will be done through primary research and consultation with Indigenous communities throughout the province. The second component involves hosting an event with Indigenous leaders. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Leonie Sandercock


Philip Climie


Ecotrust Canada


Urban studies


Aboriginal affairs




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