Indigenous Peoples’ Energy Projects

Australasian Canadian Studies Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2010

30 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2011

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Maria Bargh

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Date Written: February 5, 2010


There are increasing numbers of Māori in New Zealand and Aboriginal peoples in Canada involved in the energy sector. In this paper I explore a number of the factors which have been instrumental in Indigenous peoples becoming involved in energy projects. Utilising a ‘weak theory’ approach I provide narratives of three case studies from New Zealand and Canada (Tuaropaki Trust, Hupacasath First Nation, Peavine Métis Settlement). These cases involve renewable and non-renewable energy types – categories which are often used to judge the value of energy projects. I suggest that while these distinctions provide useful analyses, I ask what might happen if we extend the analysis further to consider how the apparent ‘negatives’ and ‘positives’ of each might be being balanced by other activities that the Indigenous companies are involved with.

Keywords: Indigenous Peoples, Renewable Energy, Non-Renewable Energy, Politics

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Bargh, Maria, Indigenous Peoples’ Energy Projects (February 5, 2010). Australasian Canadian Studies Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2010, Available at SSRN:

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