First Nation, Inuit and Métis governments, nations and organizations from coast to coast have successfully built and participated in all forms of energy projects. They are key players in transitioning to clean energy and managing conventional energy projects and transmission assets. They rely on BLG to consider innovative ways for Indigenous groups to increase participation in the energy sector for the benefit of all stakeholders.
BLG advises on the full lifecycle development of energy projects, from land acquisition and site control to permitting and development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance, divestiture and acquisition, including:
- Understanding Indigenous rights and interests that may be impacted by energy projects, procurement and designing engagement activity plans;
- Facilitating outreach and communications with potential Indigenous partners for commercial projects;
- Structuring tax-efficient commercial partnerships for First Nations and First Nations-owned companies (joint ventures and limited and corporate partnerships);
- Site development on reserve lands under the Indian Act, including permitting, designation and lawful possession;
- Site development on reserve lands under the First Nations Land Management Act;
- Designing equity financing options for Indigenous communities;
- Seeking and obtaining loan guarantees from government and Aboriginal-financing institutions for participation by Indigenous communities and Indigenous-owned entities in power projects; and
- Completing and negotiating benefit and other participation agreements in connection with Indigenous engagement, permitting and local protocol requirements.