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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Pacific" Read 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:
- (March 1, 2022 from 9 AM to 3 PM) First Nation Laws, Jurisdiction & Co-Governance and the Canada Water Agency Session: This full-day session will host a series of panelist speakers and presenters to discuss how First nations laws, jurisdiction, UNDRIP, and co-governance models could be supported by the Canada Water Agency. Register here.
- (March 15, 2022 from 1 PM to 4 PM) First Nations Elders, Youth, and Water Session: This session will offer a space for Knowledge Keepers and Youth to gather and connect on issues and opportunities they are facing in their communities with respect to water, and how the Canada Water Agency could be developed to support their initiatives. Register here.
- (March 17, 2022 from 9 AM to 12 PM) Climate Change and the Canada Water Agency: This morning session will dive deeper into the potential role of the Canada Water Agency and how it can support First Nations climate leadership and resiliency. Register here.
- (March 17, 2022 from 1 PM to 4 PM) Safe Drinking Water on Reserves and the Canada Water Agency: This afternoon session will foster a discussion to explore the role of the Canada Water Agency and how it could support First Nations access to clean and safe drinking water, Register here.
- (March 24, 2022 from 9 AM to 3 PM) Women, 2SLGBTQQIA+, and Water Session: This full-day session will feature Women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ water stewards to support a discussion on water, including but not limited to the potential role of the Canada Water Agency. Register here.
- (March 29, 2022 from 9 AM to 12 PM) Water and Wastewater Operator Session: This half-day session invites Water/Wastewater Operators and Technicians to join us in a conversation to discuss the outstanding gaps and issues in community infrastructure systems on reserve. Register here.
- (April 5, 2022 from 9 AM to 3 PM) All Chiefs Meeting on Water: This full-day All Chiefs Meeting on Water will be hosted by the First Nations leadership in BC and feature panelists and keynote speakers to facilitate these discussions. 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 email@example.com or 250-320-8580 ext. 502
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