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Continuing to Provide Support: CIER and COVID-19

CIER Staff at a staff meeting in January 2020

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

Temperate grasslands are one of the world’s greatest biomes

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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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

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