October 2022 Climate Change & Water Newsletter


2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27)

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt | Nov. 6-18, 2022





Science has established beyond doubt that the window for climate action is closing rapidly. From Nov. 6-18, 2022, Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 








A First Nations delegation from BC will attend COP27, including BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee, Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of Neskonlith Indian BandChief Harvey McLeod of Upper Nicola Band, and BCAFN Youth Rep and member of Fort Nelson First Nation, Taylor Behn-Tsakoza.








Check out the BCAFN Facebook page to watch the delegation participate in COP27 as they elevate First Nations climate priorities and innovations on an international platform. 





Learn more about COP27 here.

Call for Nominations: Indigenous Advisory Committee

Government of Canada | Deadline: Nov. 15, 2022

The Impact Assessment Agency works with its Indigenous Advisory Committee for expert advice on the development of key policy and guidance on the impact assessment system.

The  Committee is seeking qualified individuals to participate in policy and program development to ensure that the rights, interests and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples are acknowledged, affirmed and implemented in environmental and impact assessments.

Learn more here.


PICS Internship Program

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions | Deadline: Jan. 9, 2023

Is your organization or First Nation facing a climate action challenge? Looking for knowledgeable and enthusiastic help with climate change mitigation or adaptation?

PICS internships provide $12,000 to support the hiring of university students at organizations pursuing climate change mitigation and adaptation research, planning or implementation.

Questions? Email picsintern@uvic.ca

Learn more here.


Input wanted to strengthen flood planning and response

Government of BC | Deadline: Jan. 6, 2023

The Province is gathering feedback, including engaging with First Nations and municipalities, through an Intentions Paper on a proposed Flood Strategy to be released in 2023.

The Strategy will address provincial commitments under the B.C. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and align with the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Learn more here.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is accepting Expressions of Interest for up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding. This program provides funding for Indigenous Peoples to lead or co-lead projects to establish and recognize protected areas. 

Proposals must be Indigenous-led, contribute toward Canada’s conservation targets, and have the support of the relevant provincial or territorial government, or reporting authority.

Learn more here.


Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative: Cohort 2 (2022/2023)

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2022, 11:59 Pacific Time

Launched in 2019, the Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative (IODI) is a clean energy training and funding program that supports Indigenous-led climate solutions in remote Indigenous communities currently using diesel or fossil fuels for heat and power.

IODI supports a cohort of participants (called Energy Champions) from training through to project implementation. Energy Champions are encouraged to work with a team of clean energy leaders and engage with their communities to support community energy literacy and ensure projects reflect their community’s priorities. There are 10 spots available in Cohort 2.

Apply to IODI for the opportunity to access:

  • Up to $1,525,000 in funding
  • Participation in the 20/20 Catalysts program
  • Unique opportunities for collaboration and peer-to-peer learning
  • Support for your activities from expert mentors

There will be Zoom webinars about the application process. Each webinar will have federal program staff and team members from the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise.

  • Monday, Nov. 21, 3 pm PT
  • Monday, Nov. 28, 12 pm PT

View the application form here.


Connecting Communities BC

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2022, 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)

This funding supports a target to provide access to internet services for all households in B.C. with a minimum 50/10 Mbps by 2027, as well as a key item in the Declaration Act Action Plan to connect all First Nations communities to high-speed internet services by 2027.

Eligible Indigenous entities include:

  • A profit or non-profit organization run by and for First Nations, Métis, or Inuit Peoples;
  • A band council within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act; or
  • An Indigenous government authority established by a self-government agreement or a comprehensive land claim agreement.

Learn more here.


Business SMART Grants

Deadline: Jan. 18, 2023

Launched by the Columbia Basin Trust, the Business SMART (Sustainable, Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience Transition) Grants support businesses in the Basin region on operational and infrastructure upgrades to mitigate or adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

Learn more here.

Indigenous Guardians Toolkit

Learn, share, connect.





The Toolkit was sparked by Indigenous Guardians looking for easy-to-access information about building and implementing Guardian programs. It supports Indigenous communities to learn, share and connect about Indigenous Guardian programs. 








Be inspired by other communities, find practical information, and share your experiences. Recognizing that every Indigenous Guardian program is unique, the information throughout the Toolkit is intended to be used, modified, copied, printed, downloaded, shared and added to. 





See more here.


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