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Celebrate 2020 With Us

Celebrate 2020 With Us

With your help, CIER can keep tackling complicated problems. Join us in changing the world.​This year… We’ve Educated The Shining Lights workshops focused on identifying attainable energy-saving actions that can be done on a personal and household level. Focusing on the energy literacy of Indigenous women and youth increases the chances that communities will make the best […]

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Indigenous Climate Change Adaption Planning Toolkit Launch

Indigenous Climate Change Adaption Planning Toolkit Launch

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Indigenous Climate Change Adaption Planning Toolkit, created with First Nations Adapt.  This toolkit will support Indigenous communities as they plan for climate risks like the loss of Winter roads, wildfires, and more. The Toolkit’s climate adaption guidebook, 2 Indigenous glossaries, and other user-friendly resources can support communities no […]

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Five Small Steps That Can Help Save the Planet

In recent months we’ve all been at home more often. Whether you’re working from home or just spending more evening and weekends in, here are 5 simple steps you can take to be more environmentally conscious. 5. Use a water bottle! Using a re-usable water bottle eliminates the unnecessary plastic waste from bottled water. It […]

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How We’re Still Making History in a Digital World

The elected leaders of the Collaborative Leadership Initiative (CLI) made history in March 2019 by coming together to sign a history memorandum of understanding. On that day these chiefs, mayors, and reeves from the Southern Chiefs’ Organization and Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and formally acknowledged that we need a better way to work together. They decided that the […]

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Resetting the National Sail: A Considerations Paper on Indigenous Governance and The Canada Water Agency

Water is critical to life, yet our water resources are at great risk due to climate change, pollution, overuse and other management challenges. On December 19, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated ECCC Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to “create a new Canada Water Agency to work together with the provinces, territories, Indigenous communities, local authorities, scientists […]

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CIER Nurtures the Newest Generation of Waste Warriors – Watch the Documentary

This story was part of the CIER Summer 2020 Newsletter. Sign-up here for more stories like this.​Martin McLean from Lake Manitoba First Nation’s eventual goal is to encourage his community to start a recycling program. Right now, like in many First Nations across Canada, recyclables are thrown away and end up in a landfill. CIER’s Waste Warriors program […]

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Innovative Energy Posters Translated into Indigenous Languages

his story was part of the CIER Summer 2020 Newsletter. Sign-up here for more stories like this.​CIER’s Shining Lights program recently got Ria Letcher and other Northerners thinking about the role energy plays in our daily lives and how it affects our lives and the world around us. “Energy Literacy is so important especially in the North […]

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“As Indigenous people of the land, protection and conservation is not just about the Species at Risk or the health of the ecosystem but includes protecting the relationship and connection we have with them. That connection is a part of our language, our culture, and identity as Dakota Oyate (the Dakota Nation).” ​- Dakota Field Guide & Storybook, Forward

READ NOW: Dakota Field Guide and & Storybook – Learn to Identify Over 80 Grassland Birds

This story was part of the CIER Summer 2020 Newsletter. Sign-up here for more stories like this. We need to re-learn how to listen to birds, they have so many things to tell us. Using the Dakota Field Guide & Storybook you can learn how to identify over 80 different birds, discover their Dakota names, and explore unique pieces […]

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The Hydro-Climatic Monitoring Roadmap

The Hydro-Climatic Monitoring Roadmap: A guide to enabling hydro climatic monitoring in Indigenous communities

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Network of Networks (NoN) will support Canadian communities in establishing hydro-climactic monitoring programs to strengthen local stewardship over environmental resources and capacity building in communities through funding the development of monitoring programs, which include skills development, job creation, and training.  This report describes these components and provides a step by step guide […]

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Continuing to Provide Support: CIER and COVID-19

Like other organizations in these uncertain time, CIER is adapting. We sat down with CIER Executive Director Merrell-Ann Phare to learn how CIER is rising to the challenges brought by COVID-19. How is COVID-19 affecting First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada?This is a difficult question to answer because this virus and the measures put […]

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Inspiring a Generation of Bird Protectors

In the Great Plains alone, 97% of tallgrass prairie, 71% of mixed grass prairie, and 48% of shortgrass prairie had been lost by 2003. There are 42 species of North American birds that breed solely on these vanishing grasslands. So how do we protect not only the Canadian prairies, but also the at-risk birds who […]

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Finding Comfort in Traditional Knowledge

School for Manitoban children has been cancelled until September, but that doesn’t mean that learning has stopped. ​Shianne McKay, a Senior Project Manager with CIER, is taking homeschooling in stride. Not only is she making sure her three children are keeping up with their schoolwork, she’s passing down Traditional Knowledge, medicine, and prayers. She’s teaching […]

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Shining Lights Energy Literacy and Language in the NWT

Did you know that by making changes in small, everyday decisions you can save money, conserve heat and energy, and preserve the environment by reducing your diesel footprint? Simple actions like turning off lights when you leave a room can have a surprisingly big impact! ​The Shining Lights workshops were created to increase energy literacy in the Northwest […]

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