Haíɫzaqv Clean Energy Plan: online community engagement for First Nations Communities

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During the past few months, many environmental plans have been postponed due to the pandemic. Amidst the social distancing challenge, Haíłzaqv is stepping up and using digital tools to forge a path forward to a clean energy transition.

Join us to learn how Haíłzaqv is using the Carbon Budget platform and other tools to engage its community members, and see how you can move your projects forward too.

Why Watch?

  • See how Haíłzaqv is using digital communication tools, participation incentives, and innovative approaches to meaningfully engage their community 
  • Interact with a sample version of their online platform that has been collaboratively developed for this project
  • Get your questions answered in real-time!

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Meet Our Guests

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Leona Humchitt

Leona is a proud member of the Haíłzaqv Nation of Bella Bella, B.C. a remote, isolated community located in the central coast of British Columbia. In 2014, she was elected to the local Haíłzaqv Tribal Council. Leona is currently taking SFU’s Executive Master of Business Administration tailored for Indigenous Business and Leadership. Leona is ecstatic for her nation’s opportunity with ODI and her appointment as a Champion for the 20/20 Catalyst. She deems this an opportunity to set the table “For our Children’s tomorrows.”

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’Qátuw̓as

’Qátuw̓as (pronounced Gahtuwos) explores the relationship between Indigenous knowledge and Western science through her relationship to place and work with Haíłzaqv Climate Action. As society is attempting to drive forward with reconciliation and response to climate change, it is important to learn from evidence-based knowledge that has been built over generations. By examining our relationship with the lands and waters, of which Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are part, she urges for a reconsideration of how society frames the management of, and our interactions with, the natural world and all non-human life. ’Qátuw̓as has worked with Ocean Networks Canada, the University of British Columbia and now resided in the Haíɫzaqv homelands in the community of Bella Bella located in the central coast of British Columbia.

She is proud of her Haíɫzaqv and Nuučaan̓uł roots that continue to ground her in her work with language and cultural revitalization, and climate action advocacy. She holds a degree in Environmental and Indigenous Studies from the University of Victoria. Currently, working for the Haíłzaqv Climate Action Team as the Community Engagement Coordinator she is working hard to have the Haíłzaqv perspective at the forefront of a Haíłzaqv based agenda, “climate solutions for and by Haíłzaqv people”. 

Ben West

Ben West

Ben is the Executive Director of eDemocracy Network and co-director of the eDemocracy Carbon Budget project. He is a leader in the climate space in Canada with over 20 years of experience in strategic communications and public engagement. He was the founder and chair of The Great Climate Race, worked as a Healthy Communities Campaigner and Communications Coordinator for the Wilderness Committee,  Campaign Director for ForestEthics (Stand) and as the Communications and Project Lead for Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative.

Meet Our Host

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Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer spent four terms in local government including 10 years as the lead on public engagement on Vancouver City Council, where she also served as Deputy Mayor and Chair of Policy and Strategic Priorities. She recently completed a fellowship at Harvard in recognition of this work and is currently teaching about power, policy and engagement at UBC and SFU in Vancouver, Canada.

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