Haíɫzaqv Clean Energy Plan: 

Online Community Engagement for First Nations Communities


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2:02 - Introductions by Andrea Reimer and land acknowledgments. 
7:44 - Leona Humchitt speaks about where she lives and the Haíɫzaqv Nation.
"Just a few short years ago, the University of Victoria went to a parcel of our territory to.. do an Archaeological dig and found an artifact that carbon dates back to 14,000 years... Our people have always said in our oral histories, that our people flock to that particular parcel of land during the Ice Age. So now we have Western science that aligns with our oral history.. we've been here for time immemorial."
11:14 - ’Qátuw̓as introduces the goals of the Haíɫzaqv Clean Energy Plan, as a way to
"bring in Haíɫzaqv values, Haíɫzaqv systems and ways of existing with the natural world and also using 21st century modern technologies to produce clean energy."
13:55 - ’Qátuw̓as discusses the Off Diesel initiative - an initiative that includes 15 Nations across Canada, with the aim of eliminating coastal First Nations dependence on diesel. 
19:22 - Leona Humchitt describes the Haíɫzaqv Climate Action team dynamic and style.
"We have a very strong, dynamic, young team of Haíɫzaqv women that we're very proud of" 
19:36 - Andrea Reimer introduces Ben West, to talk about the eDemocracy Carbon Budget Project he has been working on directly with the Haíɫzaqv Climate Action team. 
23:25 - Ben West shares he screen to showcase the Haíɫzaqv online platform, how it works, and different considerations that went into creating a space to effectively facilitate engagement for the Haíɫzaqv community.
30:29 - ’Qátuw̓as outlines the goal of the community engagement process, and the added difficulties of COVID-19 restrictions on these efforts. 
"With COVID, we're just trying to do our best to engage with our people.. to communicate with our people and have everybody's voice be part of this clean energy process." 
33:23 - Ben West highlights the function of the engagement to also educate community members, through including advantages and disadvantages of different aspects of the clean energy transition, in a transparent way. 
43:10 - ’Qátuw̓as and Ben West discuss Ethelo as a consensus building platform.
"it's looking for the least polarizing option - so not just what has the most people saying 'I support this', but also what has the least people saying 'I oppose this', so trying to find which options are most broadly supported, least controversial" - Ben West
50:08 - ’Qátuw̓as speaks on Haíɫzaqv's aspirations, goals and motivations in engaging their community.
"Our end goal ultimately is.. that people enjoy the process and that they feel herd and that they buy into it. Our end goal is that we have a Haíɫzaqv Clean Energy Plan that reflects our Nation, who our people are. Our value systems and what is actually obtainable within our community, within our territory." 
53:29 -  Leona Humchitt answers the question "What do you wish you would have known about Ethelo and their working styles before you began working together?"
"I really hope that this work is going to be able to provide a ripple effect and be able to share our successes as Haíɫzaqv people. You know, we're a strong, progressive nation. We're particularly proud of the work that we continue to do." 
57:03 - Ben answers the question "What do you wish you would have known about the Haíɫzaqv Climate Action group and their working styles before you began working together?"
"As a privileged white guy, I often find myself in this position of trying to figure out when I should speak or when I should step back and just listen. And I'm always trying to balance that - how can I be helpful? What should I suggest? Or is my suggestion too much? Is it not welcome? Is it not helpful? And you've all been very gracious and friendly in that process and have been very clear when suggestions were welcome or useful, and when they weren't."

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