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6 02, 2017

Volunteer as a Director with Alberta Invasive Species Council

February 6th, 2017|

Alberta Invasive Species Council is looking for a volunteer to be a Director on their Board. If you are concerned about invasive species like weeds, zebra mussel in traditional territories, joining the Council will be a way to bring your issues to the fore. Request a nomination form by emailing info@abinvasives.ca. Deadline for completed nomination forms: [...]

30 01, 2017

Alberta Canada 150 Grant

January 30th, 2017|

With a new intake of applications due on the 15th of each month, and only $150 in matching contribution, the Alberta Canada 150 Grant will provide up to $25K to support projects for reconciliation and environmental stewardship, plus more: Diversity, inclusion and the building of common interests and relationships. Supporting efforts towards reconciliation of indigenous and non-indigenous [...]

15 01, 2017

Enlisting Alberta First Nations to bolster pipeline monitoring

January 15th, 2017|

A new program in the works at Alberta's research and development agency aims to improve pipeline monitoring and spill response by enlisting more Indigenous people. Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of oil and gas pipes criss-cross the province, many in remote areas near the homes of First Nations and Métis people. Ecologist Shauna-Lee Chai is [...]

15 12, 2016

New funding from Western Diversification

December 15th, 2016|

Photo by: Aboriginal Peoples & Economic Development, Canada 2020 Western Diversification Program – Call for Proposals Supporting projects in Indigenous economic growth or clean energy. Applicants can be Indigenous-led not-for-profits and organizations which may include but not limited to First Nations as represented by their Chief and Council, Tribal Councils, Indigenous Representative Organizations, Métis and [...]

9 12, 2016

Two new funding programs for Indigenous communities

December 9th, 2016|

Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program and Alberta Indigenous Solar Program are 2 new funding steams available to Indigenous communities to take part in climate change mitigation. The Community Energy Program will provide up to $90,000 (100% project funding) to assess the efficiency of existing buildings, make decisions on building retrofits and assess energy and cost savings [...]

25 11, 2016

Can training enable Indigenous participation in monitoring?

November 25th, 2016|

Technical capacity can be a limiting factor to Indigenous participation in environmental monitoring. To address this, an Environmental Monitoring Technician Training Program Pilot for First Nations and Métis communities in the oil sands region of Alberta was initiated in 2015. The training program was designed with cultural sensitivity and accessibility as guiding principles. The objectives [...]

8 10, 2016

Indigenous leaders ask for guardian program

October 8th, 2016|

An Indigenous, country-wide environmental guardian program for Canada is the ask, similar to the Haida Gwaii Watchmen Program in British Columbia, or the Working on Country program in Australia. It could rebuild relationships between Indigenous youth, elders and the land. And offer true reconciliation between Indigenous people and the Government of Canada Read more...

23 09, 2016

Alberta ramps up inclusion of Indigenous communities in land use planning

September 23rd, 2016|

New initiatives in the oil sands region will include exploring how First Nations can co-manage provincial wildland parks, directing the province’s chief scientist to work with Indigenous communities to assist with monitoring the environmental impact of the oil sands, and adding cultural and social values to a new biodiversity program. Read more...Reposted from The Globe [...]

26 08, 2016

Ten Indigenous individuals accepted into Environmental Monitoring Training

August 26th, 2016|

In 2015, the Aboriginal Environmental Services Network partnered with Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) to design and deliver a five-week Environmental Monitoring Technician Program pilot. Fifteen participants successfully completed the pilot which was designed to fill in the gaps in existing training programs, and to meet the monitoring interests and needs of [...]

13 07, 2016

Province announces Oil Sands Advisory Group membership

July 13th, 2016|

The province is establishing an Oil Sands Advisory Group (OSAG) composed of members from industry, environmental organizations, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to advise government on the oil-sands aspects of its Climate Leadership Plan and ensure that its initiatives are effective and widely supported. Melody Lepine from Mikisew Cree First Nation will co-chair the Group. [...]