February 2022 Climate Change & Water Newsletter


NEW: The BCAFN Climate Change and Water Community Leadership Initiative

Opens on February 25, 2022 and closes on March 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT


What is it?

This month, we are excited to introduce our Climate Change & Water Community Leadership Initiative, which aims to help First Nations with their climate and water leadership through facilitating information sharing within communities. We invite First Nations to share their own unique stories about climate change and water-related work, including but not limited to land and water management, forestry, water security, food sovereignty, energy efficiency and clean energy, Indigenous rights, energy management and response, and Indigenous knowledge and traditional laws. All accepted submissions will be featured one at a time in BCAFN's Climate Change and Water Newsletters. The winning applicant(s) will be given an honorarium to further support their work: $150 will be awarded to the writer and $600 will be awarded towards the First Nations community.


How can I participate?

Entries should be between 200 to 300 words, provided with relevant photos, if possible. Please send your submissions to sophia.iliopulos@bcafn.ca by March 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT.

New sea garden story map unites Indigenous mariculture practices across the Pacific

Simon Fraser University | Written by Melissa Shaw | February 17, 2022

In this February edition, our Community Leadership story showcases an exciting project that brings together Indigenous knowledge holders, university researchers, community practitioners, and artists. The project is a living, interactive story map documenting the ancestral knowledge and governance systems of Indigenous mariculture, including the work of the Haida Gwaii First Nation and the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) First Nation. The story map revitalizes stories of Indigenous stewardship of sea gardens across the Pacific, demonstrating the importance of Indigenous leadership and governance in ecological and climate change resilience.

Clam Garden on BC's Central Coast. Photo by Keith Holmes, Hakai Institute. Retrieved from Sea Gardens.

"Indigenous People have been stewarding the ocean for thousands of years. Knowledge of their ancestral mariculture practices is being revitalized across the Pacific and information about these cultivation practices has been collected in a new and "living" story map of stewarded sea gardens across the PacificRead more here.


BCAFN Water Dialogue Series

BC Assembly of First Nations | March 1, 15, 17, 24, and 29, 2022

A dialogue series providing space to talk about water, with a range of speakers and panelists to present on a variety of topics, and support discussions related to First Nations water jurisdiction, governance, and stewardship. Register for the sessions below:


Indigenous Clean Energy Opportunities Regional Workshops

BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council , BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation & First Nations Leadership Council | March 1 and 3, 2022 from 10 AM to 4 PM PST

A workshop for First Nations to discuss opportunities for First Nations in British Columbia's clean energy sector, and how the Province's strategic clean energy policy and legislation can best align with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Find more information and register here. Find the workshop agenda here.


Webinar: Improving Forest Practices to Protect Water

Forest Practices Board | March 3, 2022 at 10:30 AM PT

A webinar to learn more about the Forest Practices Board's recent Special Report on Forest practices and Water: Opportunities for Action. Find more information and register here.


Indigenous Engagement on CleanBC Roadmap to 2030

CleanBC | March 4, 7, 8 and 14, 2022

Virtual engagement sessions for Indigenous peoples to discuss and help guide the Clean BC Roadmap to 2030 Implementation Plan, Carbon Pricing Review, and the Circular Economy. Find more information and register here.


FireSmart call for applications

Government of Canada | Applications accepted until funding is exhausted or until March 31, 2022

A funding program supporting First Nations communities in preventing and preparing against wildland fires. Programming includes training in wildfire suppression, fuel management, and vegetation clearing. For First Nations in BC, please contact FNESS for more information: Larry Price, Interim Manager, Forest Fuel Management Department at lprice@fness.bc.ca or 250-320-8580 ext. 502


CleanBC Communities Fund

Government of Canada  and Government of BC | Applications accepted until May 25, 2022 at 3:00 PM PT

A funding program supporting physical infrastructure projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provide "public use or benefit". Find more information here.


Special Report: Forest Practices and Water, Opportunities for Action

Forest Practices Board | January 2022

A report that examines forestry and water concerns in British Columbia, and identifies four main issues with current practices and four opportunities for improvement.


Sea Gardens Across the Pacific: Reawakening Ancestral Mariculture Innovations

Pacific Sea Garden Collective | February 2022

An interactive story map that explores Indigenous, ancestral mariculture innovations across the Pacific.


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