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Engagement

Soon after the December 2017 release of Prairie Resilience the Government of Saskatchewan initiated broad-based engagement to generate awareness of the provincial strategy and to seek input on the development of specific regulatory approaches, and the development of Saskatchewan's Climate Resilience Measurement Framework.

At a glance:

  • Provided over 100 presentations on Prairie Resilience and the associated commitments to groups and organizations outside of government.
  • Met with more than 200 participants including industry, academics, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-governmental organizations.
  • Held more than 50 sessions with various participants and interest groups.
  • Met with 19 Métis communities – represented by more than 500 community members and six Tribal councils – and attended 12 community engagement sessions with the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council that included representation from approximately 200 community members.
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1. Indigenous Engagement

A key commitment within the Prairie Resilience strategy is to "maintain and enhance partnerships with First Nations and Métis to address and adapt to a changing climate through actions that are guided by traditional ecological knowledge." The Ministry of Environment has engaged, and will continue to engage, with First Nations and Métis communities throughout the province to hear and understand Indigenous interests, values and the climate change impacts facing their communities.

Starting in February 2018, provincial officials engaged with industry, non-governmental organizations, academics and others to seek input on the development of specific regulatory approaches committed to in Prairie Resilience. It was at this time that provincial officials initiated engagement with First Nations and Métis through the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S).

This engagement with the FSIN and MN-S led the ministry to hold focused discussions with the FSIN, provincial tribal councils and Indigenous economic development agencies in the spring and summer of 2018. This engagement was to better understand Indigenous perspectives on climate change, introduce the main features of the provincial climate change strategy and talk about potential opportunities. The outcomes of these sessions were informative and successful and have led to further meetings and more detailed conversations with land managers and tribal councils.

Read the summary report MNP Report on What We Heard, Summer 2018 Engagement Summary, November 2018.

In fall 2018, the ministry partnered with MN-S to engage with Métis communities throughout the province. This partnership was initiated by MN-S through its Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program. MN-S and the ministry worked together to better understand the concerns of 19 Métis communities representing all of the Métis regions in the province. Meetings were held with hundreds of Métis residents across the province. The engagement sought to understand how climate change is affecting Métis communities and how they saw these changes occurring on the land over time. The meetings were a successful starting point for building and enhancing government-MN-S relationships, understanding climate change concerns of Métis communities and discussing opportunities.

Read the summary report produced by the Métis Nation Saskatchewan, Report on Provincial Engagement Sessions, January 31, 2019.

In February 2019, the ministry began community-level engagement with leadership, knowledge keepers, women and youth with the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council. Again, the purpose of the dialogue was to understand how climate change is affecting community members and to explore the opportunities the provincial strategy presents for the First Nations of File Hills Qu'Appelle.

The Government of Saskatchewan values the participation of Indigenous peoples in these climate change conversations. First Nation and Métis are keepers of deep traditional knowledge; coming together is critical in helping people communities in Saskatchewan prepare and adapt to climate change.

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2. Regulatory Framework and Climate Resilience Measurement Framework Engagement

In February 2018, officials initiated engagement with industry, non-governmental organizations, academics, First Nation and Métis, among others, to gather insight and seek feedback on the contents of Prairie Resilience. The purpose of the engagement was to gain a comprehensive understanding of participants views and perspective on commitments within the strategy, and particularly the regulatory framework proposed for emissions management in Saskatchewan and the Climate Resilience Measurement Framework.

The engagement sessions throughout 2018 and 2019 have included a series of open, plenary sessions and closed, bilateral meetings, online session and the opportunity to provide written submissions on multiple occasions.

A report summarizing what was heard during the February–March 2018 engagement was released to all participants in May 2018. Read the MNP Report on What We Heard, Prairie Resilience: A Made-In-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy – Consultation Summary, April 23, 2018. Government also produced additional discussion papers and engagement summary reports specific to each of the compliance options.

Technology Fund

Offset Program

Performance Credit Program

The Government of Saskatchewan is moving forward in 2021 with additional engagement on three key initiatives related to the Prairie Resilience strategy and Saskatchewan's Growth Plan:

  • Emission management for electricity generation
  • Development of Saskatchewan offset program
  • A strategic plan to explore the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs)

Emission management for electricity generation:

As part of the regulatory framework for emissions management, the Government of Saskatchewan is developing new regulations to manage greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation. The Ministry of Environment has prepared draft Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Electricity Standards and Compliance) Regulations. This document lays out the provisions of the new regulations and explains the regulatory approach. Starting in March 2021, the ministry will begin engaging with regulated and affected parties to provide information, answer questions and receive feedback.

For further information on this initiative or engagement opportunity, please email prairie.resilience@gov.sk.ca using the subject line Electricity Regulations.

GHG offsets program

Saskatchewan is developing a provincial greenhouse gas (GHG) offset program to fulfil a commitment made in Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy. Offset credits will serve as a compliance option for regulated emitters subject to The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Standards and Compliance) Regulations. Having an offset program also creates incentives for farmers, foresters, ranchers, municipalities and other businesses to sequester carbon and sell GHG offset credits.

The Ministry of Environment is leading engagement on GHG offsets with Saskatchewan stakeholders throughout the year. In March 2021, the ministry will host webinars to provide information on a proposed approach for the program and a protocol development process, and gather stakeholder input. In addition to written submissions, feedback will be compiled and used to support decision-making on the offset program and the process for developing offset protocols.

For further information on this initiative or engagement opportunity, please email prairie.resilience@gov.sk.ca using the subject line GHG Offsets Program.

Small modular reactors

Saskatchewan's Growth Plan includes the goal of "reducing carbon emissions in electricity production and advancing the development of zero-emission small modular reactor (SMR) technology using Saskatchewan uranium." To further explore this technology as an option for Saskatchewan's energy future, Premier Moe signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ontario and New Brunswick in 2019 to evaluate the implementation of SMRs. Saskatchewan's new SMR Unit plans to engage targeted stakeholder and Indigenous groups to gather Saskatchewan-specific input to support strategic planning and objectives outlined in the MOU. The MOU strategic plan will outline key considerations and actions for enabling SMR development and deployment in each of the participating provinces. There will be further engagement opportunities following the release of MOU strategic plan.

For further information on this initiative or engagement opportunity, please email prairie.resilience@gov.sk.ca using the subject line Small Modular Reactors.

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