Published: Dec. 28, 2021

FNMPC Net Zero ConferenceOn April 25-26, 2022, the Toward Net Zero by 2050 Conference presents Indigenous leaders, clean energy experts, regulators, investors, and industry leaders to discuss what will be required of energy, mining and financial entities to ensure respect and protection of Indigenous peoples’ rights and interests while industry and policy enact a Net Zero future.

Devoted to Indigenous solutions and perspectives as global industry speeds toward Net Zero and carbon neutral operations, the conference will present a fulsome picture of the risks and opportunities that this major economic shift will bring to and for Indigenous Peoples in the U.S. and Canada.

The confernece is presented by the First Nations Major Project Coalition (FNMPC) in partnership with First Peoples Worldwide

Further Background

Most of the proposed solutions for achieving Net Zero by 2050 rely on using Indigenous lands and resources to build clean energy infrastructure and extraction projects, which is estimated to be worth up to $6 trillion. While this requires a fundamental transformation in virtually all aspects of industry and the economy, conference topics will focus on battery mineral supply chain impact on Indigenous land and peoples, Indigenous leadership in clean energy transition, Indigenous sustainable finance, and policy and legislation innovation.

The transition to a sustainable, clean economy needs to be prioritized in the U.S., Canada and globally both immediately and over the years and decades ahead with Indigenous Peoples at the forefront. Existing sustainable finance standards like ESG do not consider Indigenous interests and are insufficient to fully account for the investment risk of the proposed new clean energy projects, transmission lines and vastly increased mining activities. And, American and Canadian energy policy and regulations that are not compliant with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) will be non-starters.

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