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Gathering Knowledge for Indigenous Food Security and Food Sovereignty

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is working with partners to collect information related to food sovereignty and food security in Indigenous Nations and communities.  We are currently contacting knowledge holders to gather data on this matter through a survey. The purpose will be to:  We look forward to your valued input. If you […]

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CIER Plants Seed of Pollination Knowledge in Students

Pollination has become an increasingly important topic with movements such as “Save The Bees” spreading across the globe. But why is pollination essential? What role do Indigenous communities and their youth play in protecting the pollinators?  CIER staff members Carlyn Allary and Wendy Ross recently travelled to Barren Lands First Nation in Manitoba to give […]

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CIER Expands Learning Opportunities for Communities 

CIER is pleased to announce the creation of CIER Ecoversity, an online learning resource for Indigenous Communities across Canada.  Over the past 25 years and in excess of 1000 projects, CIER has developed numerous Indigenous community-based tools and learning resources. “Frequently, Indigenous communities request these resources but given many of them involve in-person instruction or […]

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CIER Works Across Canada to Support Indigenous Peoples on Environmental Issues 

-Niki Wilson  One of Shianne McKay’s most rewarding work moments came while sitting in a room, surrounded by Indigenous women and youth in the small community of Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, in 2019. McKay is a Senior Project Manager at the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), and that day they were developing posters for […]

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CIER Student’s Path Comes Full Circle 

Indigenous peoples have a special relationship with the earth and all living things. This leads to a path of profound spiritual connection that guides them to practice reverence, humility and reciprocity. It is a path Reiley starting walking at a young age. Reiley currently resides on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən Peoples, known today […]

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CLOSED: Communications Associate

If you are looking to use and further develop your communications and social media skills, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) has an opening for an energetic person with an inquisitive mind.  About CIER  As a national, First Nation-directed environmental non-profit organization with charitable status, CIER’s mission is to work in partnership with Indigenous […]

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CLOSED – Water Governance Associate

Are you the One? We need your skills! The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) invites applicants for the position of Water Governance Associate. The successful candidate will be keen to join our team to support the implementation of CIER’s Collaborative Leadership Initiative project across Canada. The role of Water Governance Associate is best suited […]

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First Nations empowered to monitor birds and other species at risk

It is important to protect all species at risk, and specifically in this focus– birds, as they also help with ecological balance by eating mosquitoes and pollinating plants. This helps to retain a healthy ecosystem. When any interconnection of species become at risk, it is a warning that a weakened ecosystem could ultimately affect our food […]

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Putting Biodiversity on the Map  

CIER Proud to be Part of the Key Biodiversity Areas Project The term ‘biodiversity’ is increasingly in the news. But what does it mean, in a way that is meaningful to everyone? Quite simply, biodiversity is the variety of all living species on earth – plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms – and the ecosystems they form. […]

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Working together with nature improves water quality  

Water knows no boundaries. As it flows through communities and across borders, regional collaboration is the key to understanding and taking-action on shared water challenges. Since 2017, a project by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) called the Collaborative Leadership Initiative (CLI) brought together 16 municipal and 11 First Nations elected leaders to make […]

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NOW HIRING: Biodiversity Project Manager- Now Closed

Engagement, planning, logistics, team motivator, strong communication and facilitation – we need your skills! The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) invites applicants for the position of Biodiversity Project Manager to support a national multi-year Species at Risk Act initiative CIER has been undertaking in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada. The role of Project Manager is best […]

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Facebook Birthday Fundraisers: A Personal Way to Support CIER!

Donations from people like you help us do the work we do. Two weeks before your birthday, you’ll receive a notification directly from Facebook inviting you to host a campaign for a non-profit. This is a simple way for your friends and family to donate to a cause that you care about! When you go […]

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5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Beach Day!

Use Environmentally-Friendly Sunscreen Although it’s important to protect your skin from the sun, the chemicals in many sunscreens can be detrimental to lakes, oceans, and the creatures that live in them! When shopping for sunscreen, look for bottles that say “Reef Friendly” or that use mineral filters instead of nanoparticles. Don’t Use Paper Plates Bring […]

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Trees Are an Important Part of Climate Change Adaption in Sandy Bay

Earlier this month hundreds of trees were planted in Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation. This year CIER has been working with Sandy Bay to create a climate change adaptation plan, using CIER’s Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Planning (ICCAP) Guidebooks. Earlier this month hundreds of trees were planted in Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation. This year […]

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CLOSED: Biodiversity Associate

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) invites applicants for the position of Biodiversity Associate. The successful candidate will be keen to join our team to support project implementation in the areas of biodiversity, Species at Risk, and community communication. The role of Biodiversity Associate is best suited for an individual that is able to work closely and […]

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CLOSED: Climate Change Associate

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) invites applicants for the position of Climate Change Associate. The successful candidate will be keen to join our team to support project implementation in the areas of Indigenous community climate change adaptation and mitigation, food sovereignty and community communication. The role of Climate Change Associate is best suited for an individual […]

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CLOSED: Indigenous Engagement Coordinator 

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is seeking to hire an Indigenous Engagement and Conservation Coordinator for a contract position. Reporting to CIER and working closely with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Indigenous Engagement and Conservation Coordinator is responsible for tasks related to the following two areas of work:  Duties and Responsibilities   […]

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CIER is Learning and Listening at In-Person Workshops Again

On March 7 and 8, CIER was able to host one of our first non-virtual community events since the onset of COVID-19! During the past few years, we’ve been focusing on virtual meetings and workshops, so our team was excited to be in Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, talking to the community face to face. […]

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Donate to CIER using Sephora Beauty Insider Points in April!

We’re proud to announce that starting April 1st, 2021, we are partnering with Sephora Canada. This partnership will allow you to use your Sephora Beauty Insider points for good. On April 1st, you’ll be able to go to the Sephora Rewards Bazaar to redeem your Beauty Insider points for a Charity Reward, and they will […]

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5 Ways You Can Keep the Earth’s Water Clean

Every living thing on Earth needs water to live. When we misuse and abuse this precious resource, we’re reducing the Earth’s ability to provide for all living things. Water is a limited resource and clean water is even more limited, but humans still fill the water with all kinds of pollution and contamination. Here are […]

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Kids Can Change the World

CIER is proud to be partnering with Earth Rangers on Project 2050: Climate-friendly habits to change the world. This national movement is about empowering children with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle climate change. Project 2050 teaches children and youth that our habits can have a big impact on the planet, and by working together, we can build a […]

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Collaboration is Helping to Heal Lake Winnipeg

There are too many nutrients, like phosphorous, flowing into Lake Winnipeg. The size of Lake Winnipeg means that this is an issue that affects many municipalities and First Nations across Manitoba. Cleaner water is better for all creatures who live in the ecosystem, from humans to plants. One of the most obvious consequences of too much phosphorus in water is algae blooms […]

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We’re Celebrating 2021

With your help, CIER can keep tackling complicated problems. Join us in changing the world. This year… We Celebrated 25 Years of Accomplishments For our 25th Anniversary Celebration, we’ve published a CIER magazine that looks at 25 CIER projects that have boosted our trajectory over the years, with highlights from guest writers who have helped […]

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CLOSED – Indigenous Knowledge & Engagement Coordinator

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is seeking to hire an Indigenous Knowledge & Engagement Coordinator for a contract position. Reporting to CIER and partnering with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Indigenous Knowledge & Engagement Coordinator is responsible for tasks related to the following two areas of work: Location: Work from home, remote: […]

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A better way to work together: A strategic and collaborative approach to sustainable communities

Elected leaders in Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) and Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR) have acknowledged there needs to be a better way to work together. The Collaborative Leadership Initiative (CLI) is a process, facilitated by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), where leaders come together to learn from one another and find a common understanding on how they can collaborate to improve the livelihood of […]

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Youth Add Their Voices to the Conversation About a Sustainable Future

Youth adding their voices to the conversation about reconciliation and our environment can be very powerful and that’s exactly what youth who attended our Podcasting 101 workshop did. We’re excited to share the winning podcasts with you, so you can listen to the interesting stories they have to tell from their unique perspectives. ​Podcasting is an […]

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How CIER is Helping Communities Save Ecosystems

Before you can save an ecosystem, you need to know what’s happening to it. If you want to know what’s happening to it, you need to monitor the land, water, plants, and creatures. Who better to collect data about a specific area than the people who live there? At CIER we love supporting and helping to create community-based […]

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Fundraising Efforts Support Planting of Hundreds of Trees

Thanks in part to amazing fundraising efforts by sustainable swimwear brand Londre, CIER is gearing up to plant hundreds of native trees on the banks of the Winnipeg River in Sagkeeng First Nation. Lake Winnipeg algae bloom via Lake Winnipeg FoundationSilver poplar and willow trees, which are common in the area, will be planted. These trees and […]

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CONTEST: Telling Your Story Through Podcasting

Podcasting is an amazing platform that gives people the opportunity to connect, present their ideas and share their stories. This 2-hour beginner workshop will be facilitated by Dan Vadeboncoeur and is geared to help you hone your storytelling skills and provide an introduction to podcasting. Podcasting Contest!Now, we’re inviting you to create your own podcast! […]

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CLOSED – Three Opportunities

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources has three job opportunities for qualified professionals interested in protecting species at risk.INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE & ENGAGEMENT COORDINATORSThe Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is seeking to hire TWO Indigenous Knowledge & Engagement Coordinators for contract positions ending March 31, 2023. Reporting to CIER and partnering with Environment and Climate […]

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Are You The One – Project Manager

Are you the One? We need your skills!  ​The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) invites applicants for the position of Project Manager. The successful candidate will be keen to join our team to plan and conduct sound physical and social scientific primary and secondary research and project implementation in the areas of Species at Risk legislation, community engagement, and climate change adaptation and mitigation as they relate to Indigenous communities. The role […]

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How CIER is Tackling Food Sovereignty

What is Food Sovereignty?Food sovereignty can be defined as: “Food sovereignty is a food system in which the people who produce, distribute, and consume food also control the mechanisms and policies of food production and distribution. (WikipediaWhy does it matter?According to Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada, a lack of food sovereignty not only […]

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A Call To Action

This article discusses topics that may be upsetting and triggering to residential school survivors and their families. If you or someone you know needs support, please call the 24/7 Residential School Survivor Support Line for survivors & their families: 1-866-925-4419 In 2012 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its Calls to Action. These […]

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5 Tips for Staying Cool AND Saving Energy

These ‘cool’ Summer tips will help you cut down on your need for air-conditioning this summer, which reduces your carbon footprint significantly1. Keep Blinds/Curtains ClosedIt can be tempting to let the hot, summer sun beam into your home, but it is best for your carbon footprint to keep the sunbathing outside! Less sun keeps the air […]

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Are You the One? – Research Associate Position

Are you the One? ​We need your skills!  The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) invites applicants for the position of Research Associate.The successful candidate will be keen to join our team to plan and conduct sound physical and social scientific primary and secondary research and project implementation in the areas of climate policy, climate change adaptation and mitigation and species at risk as they relate […]

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CIER Staff Self-Care Tips

Taking time to care for yourself is always important, but COVID restrictions has really underlined the importance of paying attention to and caring for our bodies, minds, and spirits.At our most recent staff meeting, CIER Staff shared with each other some of the ways we’re all practicing self-care. We came up with so many wonderful […]

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Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que les versions françaises de ces ressources sont maintenant disponibles: Lisez ici We are excited to announce that the French versions of the ICCAP resources are now available.La Boîte À Outils De Planification De L’adaptation Aux Changements Climatiques Pour Les Communautés Autochtones vise à fournir un ensemble d’outils conviviaux, de ressources et […]

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Workshops Spark a Brighter Future for Species at Risk

There are currently over 800 Species at Risk in Canada, according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. We need to work together to help these species begin to thrive again on the home we all share. That’s why CIER has partnered with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) on a […]

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We’re Hiring – Social Media Coordinator

Social Media Coordinator PositionDo you enjoy social media engagement? Are you looking for a way to foster your creativity to support an organization’s voice?If yes, then this is the opportunity for you!CIER, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, is a national First Nations-directed environmental charitable organisation. We offer research, advisory, education and training services to […]

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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 Shining Lights: Energy Literacy and Language in the Northwest Territories​In the Northwest Territories, many communities rely on diesel energy. By increasing knowledge and energy literacy, these communities can decrease their reliance on diesel-supplied energy. CIER’s Shining Lights Energy […]

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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. 1. Turn it off! Lights, TVs, gaming consoles, it doesn’t matter. Leaving it on when you’re not actively using […]

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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

This 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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