Workshops

CIER offers a range of workshops to educate, create awareness and build capacity in environmental issues and topics. We deliver our workshops in a location preferred by your group or community. The cost per participant will vary depending on workshop delivery location, number of participants, and modifications to workshop content to address the specific needs of your group or community.

Please fill out the workshop request form as requested. We will tailor any workshop to fit the needs and goals of your group, community or organization.

CIER offers the following workshops:

This workshop will provide you with an overview of climate change issues; impacts of climate change on local, regional, and global scales; responses, responsibilities and actions taken by various groups and levels of government in terms of adaptation and mitigation; overview on renewable energy and energy efficiency options and an opportunity to design a community action plan for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

It is important that all Canadians, especially First Nations, are aware of the climate change impacts they are likely to face, plan so they are prepared for these impacts, and develop adaptable and sustainable communities while also minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

Through the Comprehensive Community Planning Training Program, CIER provided a variety of information resources to participants to support their efforts in the development and implementation of an integrated community sustainability plan. Resources are also available in English and French.

You are welcome to draw on these resources as part of your planning efforts.

CCP Word Cloud (256 KB)/ PCG Nuage de Mot (42 KB): Use these words to initiate a discussion with your planning team about what comprehensive community planning means to your First Nation. What are the key messages you want people to walk away with after you introduce the idea of CCP?

CCP Sustainability Wheel (1.03 MB): CIER uses sustainability as a framework for CCP, for gathering background information, visioning, priority setting and more. We use this wheel diagram as a tool to engage people in these planning discussions and activities.

Session One Training Materials (2007)

On Community Vision (64 KB)/ Présentation de la Vision (15 KB): Identifies important information to share with your community and leadership to start a dialogue on vision.

Background information requirements (2,222 KB)/ Conditions d’Information de Fond  (15 KB): Provides a table outlining information that you’ll need.

Gathering internal and external information (11 KB)/ Recuellir des Renseignements Généraux (10 KB): A preparation worksheet for information gathering.

Setting up a planning team (21 KB)/ Établissement d’une Équipe de Planification (19 KB): Information and things to consider when setting up your planning team.

Session Two Training Materials (2008)

Our Community Story (49 KB)/ Histoire de Notre Collectivité (70 KB): An annotated table of contents to help you build your own community-based community profile.

Identifying and Ranking Goals and Objectives (11.3 KB)/ Objectifs de Rang (11 KB) : Looking at the community issues to identify and rank goals to get started.

Helping to Set Priorities (8.6 KB)/ Établissement des Priorités (8 KB): A table to get started on identifying key places to start.

PARK Analysis (7.17 KB)/ Analyse PAEP (5 KB): A tool to understand and analyze your current reality.

Session Three Training Materials (2008)

Land Use Planning Presentation (513 KB)/ Plan d’Utilisation des Terres Présentation (4.1 MB): Handout of a powerpoint presentation on land use planning and its linkages to CCP. For many First Nations land use issues are one of the catalysts for CCP.

Communication Strategy Template (24.8 KB)/ Stratégie de communications (128 KB): A tool for your planning team to use as you develop your CCP communication strategy.

Session Four Training Materials (2009)

Issues to Goals (24.5 KB)/ Issues aux Objectifs (65 KB): A simple table to take the list of brainstormed community issues (good, bad and beautiful) from issues to goals.

Issues to Goals Large Poster (436 KB): A large format (4 x 6 feet) of the above table; have it printed and use it in a group setting with post-it notes and index cards. Move the cards around, create themes and draft goals as a planning team using community generated issues and ideas. Share these for feedback and more input!    

This workshop will provide an overview of consultation, using CIER’s Consulting with the Crown as a framework. Any new developments with respect Consulting with the Crown and recent important legal cases will also be explored. Information specific to your community, region or province will be incorporated.

A workshop on Indigenous title and rights, treaty rights, and cultural awareness. This workshop assists non-Indigenous organizations to have an improved understanding of Indigenous rights and knowledge systems, and ways to meaningfully work with Indigenous nations. This workshop can also act a tool for Indigenous communities to educate youth and community to know what their rights are as Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The purpose of this workshop is to share sustainability and planning principles and practical tools for strategic planning and decision-making. Participants will learn how to allocate limited resources and support actions with the best possible sustainability outcomes, given the First Nation’s unique context and capacity.

This workshop provides an introduction to some of the environmental challenges commonly faced by Indigenous nations, Indigenous relationships with the environment, and various aspects of Indigenous Knowledge. Methods to increase and apply awareness of First Nations environmental issues will be explored. Case study examples will be discussed. Methods for instruction and exploration include presentations, discussions, large and small group work and a field trip to an Indigenous community. An Elder will also join the teaching team during the field trip.

This workshop will assist community members, land managers and leadership in learning the basics of environmental proposal writing. Topics covered include: project planning, working with funders, work plans, budgeting, putting it all together, and next steps if your proposal is successful. Key tips from examples of successful proposals and projects will be shared. ​

This workshop will assist your First Nation to recognize what a species at risk is, what the Species at Risk Act (SARA) means to you, and explore what locals plants and animals might be at risk in your community. The workshop will focus on meaningful involvement of First Nations in the SARA process, and how you can protect threatened and endangered species while meeting your First Nation’s own land use goals.

First Nations Integrated Watershed Planning Guidebooks (2011)

CIER, with our First Nation Partners, created a tool that provides guidance for First Nations who want to take action on watershed planning. 

These guidebooks proposal a model of watershed planning that is led by First Nations and creates an opportunity to address unique First Nation needs, relationships and rights. These guidebooks aim to support increased First Nations’ involvement in regional watershed planning processes. 

CIER offers training workshop on First Nation Integrated Watershed Planning using CIER’s guidebooks. 

The Guidebooks are available electronically or by print. For more information and to receive your copy, please Contact us.

This workshop will help youth realize their own strengths in leadership qualities, which builds self-confidence, while embracing culture and science.

We focus on youth because they are the future makers of change in their communities and we, as knowledge holders, should share our knowledge to empower the youth to realize their leadership potential.

​The future of the health of the lands and waters in Indigenous communities lies in the hands of their youth as they will be guardians on Turtle Island.

The Youth Water Guardians workshop teaches children and youth about the cultural and scientific importance of water in their communities. We work with you to tailor the workshop to the teachings and issues unique to your community. The workshop is conducted and filmed in the community, to allow the children, youth and community to remember the experience. Check out our latest Water Guardian video featured at the 2013 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.

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