We’re Celebrating 2021

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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 shape and continually inspire us to grow our movement to protect the earth we all share. Read our 25th Anniversary Magazine here.

We Empowered Youth to Tell Their Stories
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. ​Podcasting is an amazing platform that gives people the opportunity to connect, present their ideas and share their stories. In July, the Collaborative Leadership Initiative (CLI) hosted a 2-hour beginner workshop that was geared towards introducing podcasting and helping youth hone their storytelling skills. Workshop participants were given the opportunity to create and submit their own podcasts, talking either about reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada or about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.You can listen to the podcasts from their unique perspectives here.

We Expanded Our Horizons
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 Species at Risk Act (SARA) Consultation, Cooperation, and Accommodation Pilot Project.

As part of this on-going project, CIER and ECCC hosted three full-day online Species at Risk workshops that were well-attended with over 50 First Nations participants each day. In addition to these overview workshops, CIER and ECCC have completed training sessions and provided tools and resources to support land managers and decision-makers. Read more about the SARA Pilot Project here.

The Pilot Project was such a success that we launched the Species at Risk Act (SARA) Consultation, Cooperation and Accommodation Project, with more information to come. Keep an eye out on our website for more updates on the current Species at Risk Act (SARA) Consultation, Cooperation and Accommodation Project.

We Grew Our Family
CIER welcomed several new faces to our team this year. These new team members allowed us to tackle larger projects and continue to make a difference in communities across Canada. We’re always excited to welcome new members to the CIER family. Learn more about our team here.

We Continued to Persevere
This year has been about adapting, overcoming, collaborating, and most of all, kindness. Kindness to ourselves, to others, to the world around us. As we continue to adapt to a pandemic world, CIER has taken many opportunities throughout the year at staff meetings, webinars, and more, to remind our staff to take care of themselves and their loved ones. We want to take this opportunity to remind you as well. Join us in taking a moment to be thankful for completing another wonderful rotation around the sun!