Dr. Ginger Gibson speaks with Mark Connolly of CBC’s Edmonton AM about the growing field of Indigenous consulting on October 31, 2018. Listen here at: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/edmonton-am/segment/15624511
The Project Officer will support the Lands Manager with matters that affect Blueberry River First Nations land and waters. Important responsibilities of this job include forestry review, analysis and correspondence, traditional knowledge administration, lands administration, inspections and correspondence related to management of lands.
For more information and to apply, see the full job posting linked below.
Indigenous women and children in remote communities are subject to a “risk pile up” related to many socioeconomic and historical factors. These populations may face negative consequences from remote construction camps, including increased rates of sexual assault and violence, addictions, sexually transmitted infections, and family violence as a result of the presence of industrial camps and transient work forces. Data from local RCMP detachments shows a 38% increase in sexual assaults during the first year of the construction phase of an industrial project, as well as an increase in sex work in areas where there is an increase in industrial traffic.
Remote camps are a part of the construction plan for most industrial projects in the north. Many remote construction camps already exist across northern British Columbia, and there are many more proposed.
A recent Maclean’s article used the polarizing term, “man camps,” to review research on industrial camps championed by Indigenous communities. Maclean’s news article: “Are ‘man camps’ that house pipeline construction workers a menace to Indigenous women?” made reference to the important work of Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whut’en related to the complex issue of industrial camps.
We strongly disagree with this inflammatory word choice – it has resulted in men feeling they have to defend themselves, and women feeling they are not supported. It does nothing to advance the understanding of the issue.
In 2016, Indigenous-led research in northern BC focused on reviewing the impacts and benefits of siting industrial camps close to small and already vulnerable communities. Indigenous women—leaders within their communities of Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whut’en—initiated the study to identify concerns expressed during the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline review process.
Through a collaborative process that included interviews with community members, Firelight supported research to generate strategies, policies and programs for municipalities, companies, Indigenous communities, and the BC Government to implement for the protection of women, youth and communities. Certainly, our research reviewed what at times is a hyper-masculine context in construction camps; however, our intent was to identify wellness strategies for communities and camps. Polarizing the discussion with terms like “man camps” is not helpful for the women and families who are most affected by these camps. What we need to do is look for solutions.
Following the “Industrial Camps and Indigenous Communities” report released in early 2017, the research has led to many different outcomes—including engagement within various organizations and governments throughout Canada, new positions within the communities to prepare emergency response plans, and a commitment from the Government of BC to address the proposed recommendations through a Cross-Ministerial working group. This working group is set to respond to the report this summer. We look forward to seeing the working group implement positive solutions for women and children to reduce the risks associated with remote industrial camps.
The Maclean’s article is available here.
The full Firelight 2017 report is available here.
May 25 2018
“Building Relationships and Cultivating Social Licence: A Guide for Small Tenure Holders In BC”
Burns Lake – Innovation in forestry typically suggests using new technologies for forest management or forest products and that enhance economic opportunities. The new BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) resource for small tenure holders is about innovation in relationships. The guide offers examples of lessons learned and a framework for developing relationship-based approaches which go beyond the legal requirements for small tenures.
The guide was developed for managers of small tenures in BC: community forest agreements, First Nations woodlands licences and woodlot licences, who are working closely with local communities, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and with provincial, federal, and municipal agencies.
“Developing social licence for forest management activities in your community means investing time, resources, and personal effort. Yet the benefits of durable and strengthened relationships with local Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are worth the investment,” concluded Jennifer Gunter, Executive Director of the BCCFA.
The guide includes two case studies: Collaboration in the wildland urban interface, showcasing the work of a diverse planning group in the Regional District of Central Kootenay and FSC certification: standards for community engagement featuring the Burns Lake Community Forest and their efforts to manage for community values in the post-beetle landscape.
The guide was developed by Susan Mulkey, Carolyn Whittaker, John Cathro and Erik Leslie with technical assistance from the Firelight Group and financial support from the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
To download the guide, click here.
For further information, please contact:
Jennifer Gunter, Executive Director, BCCFA: (250) 384-4110 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Mulkey, Manager, Communication and Extension, BCCFA: (250) 353-1184 email@example.com
Under the direction of and reporting to the Acting Director of Lands, Resources and Treaty Rights, the Lands and Resources Coordinator works as an integral part of the FNFN Lands team to liaise with external governments and other partners to develop land and resource management solutions for the protection of FNFN treaty rights. The Lands and Resources Coordinator supports the FNFN Referrals Assessor(s) by leading operational engagement and providing technical analysis and solutions development for decision-makers. This position also leads FNFN operational land management initiatives including, work planning, compliance, monitoring, site assessment and restoration activities. Other related duties as required.
Closes May 18, 2018 at 4:30pm.
For more information, see the full job posting here.
Under the general direction of the Director of Environment and Remedial Works, the Environmental Analyst provides the necessary methodological, scientific, technical support to ensure that the social and environmental assessment regime outlined in the Section 22 is effectively implemented. This work will include providing tailored support to the Cree representatives on COMEX/COFEX/CEAA on a project-by-project basis. In fulfilling this function the incumbent will be expected to engage in various research projects and activities (local, national and international) related to environmental policy, management and assessment.
View the full job posting: Environmental Analyst – Environment Remedial Works Department, and learn more at the Cree Nation Government’s website: http://www.gcc.ca/cra/cranav.php
Position title: Junior Researcher – Ecology
Position type: 4 months, with possible extension to permanent
Salary range: Commensurate with experience
Application deadline: May 4 2018
Position start date: May 14 2018
Photo credit: Steve Monk
The document is an expression of the communities’ aspirations for the Dasiqox Tribal Park, and helps to more clearly define, both for the Tŝilhqot’in and the broader community, their proposed vision and goals for the area. The Dasiqox Tribal Park is meant to be guided by Indigenous values, laws and leadership. Showcasing this vision as an alternative to the current regime remains their intent.
The Firelight Group is proud to provide ongoing support to the Tŝilhqot’in on this project.
For Immediate Release: Opening new doors for the field of Indigenous-Led Impact Assessment
Gwich’in Council International (GCI) is releasing a report on Indigenous-led Impact Assessment today in Yellowknife, entitled Impact Assessment in the Arctic: Emerging Practices of Indigenous-led Review. The report is leading the way in identifying the strategic approaches Indigenous governments are taking as they lead their own major project assessments. By doing this, Indigenous governments are breaking ground, ensuring culture, language and way of life are central to the review of projects, and asserting their rights and responsibilities for environmental stewardship and land and resource decision-making in innovative and concrete ways.
“As partners in co-management we are upholding our inherent rights and responsibilities to take care of our people and our way of life. This study shows that there are many options and tools now being developed that Indigenous nations can use to assess and make binding decisions on major projects,” said Jordan Peterson, Deputy Grand Chief of the Gwich’in Tribal Council and Board member of the GCI.
The report, put together by The Firelight Group and based on case studies from across Canada, is being released to participants from the eight member nations of the Arctic Council who are in Yellowknife this week for a Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council Workshop on “Best Practices in Arctic Environmental Impact Assessment.” It will inform their project that aims to identify best practice in environmental assessment.
“This Workshop provides us with the opportunity to learn from Indigenous peoples from across the circumpolar world and share with them the best practices that are emerging from Canada,” Sarah Cox, Canadian Head of Delegation for the SDWG, explains.
GCI represents 9,000 Gwich’in in the Northwest Territories (NWT), Yukon, and Alaska as a Permanent Participant in the Arctic Council, the only international organization where there is a seat for Indigenous peoples at the decision-making table alongside national governments. GCI supports Gwich’in by amplifying our voice on sustainable development and the environment at the international level to support resilient and healthy communities.
To review the report: https://gwichincouncil.com/media.
For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact Sara French at 1-416-316-1129 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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