First Nations Low-Carbon Transportation Project

This three-year project seeks to accelerate opportunities for First Nations in BC, including rural and remote communities, to access safe, affordable, and reliable low-carbon and active transportation.

BCAFN Resolution 12/2023


  • Access to safe and effective transportation impacts First Nations’ human rights, including socio-economic well-being, human security, and First Nations’ inherent, constitutionally protected and Treaty rights, particularly for the many communities located in remote areas of BC.
  • Safety is central to transportation. First Nations people, especially women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, are at a much higher risk of violence, contributing to the ongoing MMIWG2S+ crisis. Further, the National Inquiry into MMIWG2S+ Calls for Justice contains specific calls about safe and affordable transit and transportation services (CFJ 4.8, CFJ 8.1).
  • In recent years, dramatic events and climate-related disasters have further exposed the fragile and inequitable access to transportation experienced by First Nations in BC. Access to transportation is critical to building resilience in the face of pandemics and climate-related disasters. It is also urgent to reduce GHG emissions and address climate mitigation, considering the transportation sector emits the highest amount of CO2 in BC (42% of the total BC GHG emissions).
  • In 2022, the Chiefs-in-Assembly of the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) organizations supported and endorsed the BC First Nations Climate Strategy and Action Plan (Resolutions: BCAFN 6/2022, UBCIC #2022-04 and FNS #0222.06), which identifies key actions towards achieving clean transportation with First Nations.
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  • Assessing gaps and opportunities that restrict and assist First Nations in BC to access equitable, safe, reliable, and affordable low-carbon transportation and transportation services; and providing recommendations for legislation, policy and program reform to advance these goals.
  • Strengthening community capacity and climate awareness in five First Nations communities through developing low-carbon transportation plans.
  • Developing a comprehensive tool for First Nations communities in BC to plan and engage in actions to improve community members’ access to safe, reliable, and affordable low-carbon transportation.

Transportation Survey

Calling all First Nations Leadership, Staff and Community Members to participate in the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) transportation survey.

BCAFN is undertaking a First Nations Low-Carbon Transportation Project to improve access to equitable, safe, reliable, and affordable low-carbon transportation for First Nations in BC.

Your input will help us understand gaps, issues, and opportunities for transportation and low-carbon transportation, infrastructure and services for First Nations across BC, and identify recommendations for legislation, policy, and program reform.

To fill out the survey, please visit: or scan the QR code:

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To fill out the survey, please visit: or scan the QR code:


Survey Prize Draw
Participants who complete and submit the First Nations Community Member survey and/or the First Nations Leadership and Staff survey by April 12, 2024, will be entered into a draw to win an Apple iPad or one of 4 $200 VISA gift cards.

  • Completed surveys by March 18, 2024 - 3 entries
  • Completed surveys by March 25, 2024 - 2 entries
  • Completed surveys by April 12, 2024 - 1 entry

* Only entries that complete the mandatory questions (marked with an asterisk (*) will be eligible to enter the draw.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the project, please get in touch with Kristi Denby at and/or Patricia Rojas at 

We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey and for supporting our collective work to improve access to safe, equitable, reliable, and affordable low-carbon transportation for First Nations in BC.

Pilot Projects

The BCAFN is accepting Expressions of Interest for five (5) First Nations communities to participate in Community-Led Low-Carbon Transportation Pilot Projects. Each selected First Nation community will lead the creation of its own self-determined Low-Carbon Transportation Plan, responding to the specific needs, realities and priorities within their respective community. Selected First Nation communities will receive up to $65,000 in flexible funding to support the creation of their Low-Carbon Transportation Plan and Gap Analysis Report. Applications are due by August 14, 2023. 

Questions: Please direct any questions to Kristi Denby, Environment Policy Analyst

EOI FN Community-Led Low-Carbon Transportation Pilot Projects

Application Form - EOI FN Community-Led Low-Carbon Transportation Pilot Projects

Key Activities

  • RESEARCH INTERNSHIP: BCAFN has secured a Master’s student to complete a 250-hour research internship through the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program. The research internship project aims to contribute baseline research and analysis on transportation and low-carbon transportation legislation, policies, programs and funding opportunities for First Nations in BC.
  • TRANSPORTATION ASSESSMENT REPORT (TAR): This report will outline barriers and opportunities and provide recommendations to address gaps and strengthen opportunities to ensure that First Nations across BC have equitable access to transportation.
  • FIVE (5) PILOT PROJECTS: BCAFN will undertake five pilot projects in communities that are representative of the diversity of realities First Nations face related to transportation across BC (coastal, remote and urban). BCAFN will support each pilot community in developing its low-carbon transportation plan to respond to each Nation’s specific needs, realities and priorities. The pilot projects also include a Gap Analysis Report.
  • FIRST NATIONS LOW-CARBON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING GUIDE: BCAFN will develop the guide through an iterative process with the five community-led First Nations pilot projects. The guide intends to support all First Nations communities in developing their transportation plans.
  • ENGAGEMENT: Engage First Nations governments, Crown governments and relevant partners to discuss the findings and recommendations addressed in the TAR and seek support to implement the recommendations.
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Year 1

Initial / Preparatory Steps
  • Establish a project team.
  • Develop a project work plan and detailed budget.
  • Identify communities to undertake a pilot project.
  • Liaise with partners to support the development of the project and leverage resources.

Year 2

A. First Nations Low-carbon Transportation Planning Guide (LcTPG)
  • Prepare materials regarding transportation and clean transportation to support pilot project development.
  • Draft an outline of the First Nations Low-carbon Transportation Planning Guide.
  • Prepare and deliver a transportation survey to all First Nations communities in BC and organizations/actors working on or related to transportation and transportation services.
  • Initiate the drafting of the guide as learning begins from the pilot projects.
  • Begin the development of the two/three Nation-led Low-Carbon Transportation plans and three Gap Analysis Summaries.
B. Pilot Projects
  • Complete five Low-carbon Community Transportation Plans and Gap Analysis Summaries
C. Transportation Assessment Report (TAR)
  • Gather information through a province-wide survey, document review, engagement sessions/workshops, and interviews.
  • Analyze information and prepare a first draft report.
  • Present the first draft of the report to First Nations leadership.
D. Engagement
  • Engage First Nations in developing the TAR and LcTPG, including elders, women, youth, gender diverse, and people with disabilities. Host online dialogue sessions and meetings with Crown governments and like-minded organizations to gather information and promote discussion.

Year 3

A. First Nations Low-carbon Transportation Planning Guide (LcTPG)
  • Finalize the LcTPG guide and present it to First Nations.
  • Publish the guide.
B. Pilot Projects
  • Promote the Communities who led the pilot projects to share their learnings with others, i.e., participate in the engagement process.
C. Transportation Assessment Report (TAR)
  • Finalize the report and present it to Crown governments and other partners.
D. Engagement
  • Engage Crown governments and other actors in the implementation of the recommendations.