Indigenous Engagement

Indigenous Climate Action Data Quilt

With encouragement from the BC Assembly of First Nations, the West Coast Climate Action Network (WE-CAN) launched the Indigenous Climate Action Data Quilt Project in Spring 2022. 

What is the Data Quilt Project?

The Indigenous Climate Action Data Quilt Project is a dynamic visual dashboard. It is a digital quilt that will map every Indigenous climate action initiative in the land currently known as British Columbia. It is being developed in a partnership between WE-CAN, Cree8iv Collaboration Inc. and DEVA Training & Staffing Solutions. It is funded by a small grant from the Glasswaters Foundation.

The Data Quilt will include data on climate action initiatives in seven categories: Renewable energy – Sustainable housing – Sustainable food and farming – Sustainable forestry and land – Climate adaptation – Climate education – Resistance to fossil fuel projects that cross traditional Indigenous territories. For the beta-version of the quilt, see https://tinyurl.com/ICADProject

Who is WE-CAN?

The West Coast Climate Action Network is a growing network of 241 climate action groups and organizations which share a deep concern about the climate emergency, and the threat it poses to nature and humanity. Our purpose is to serve, support, amplify and promote the work of our member organizations, which are working to end the causes of the climate crisis, and to support the solutions Earth needs. To contact WE-CAN about the project, email katherine@westcoastclimateaction.ca 

 

Who are Cree8iv Collaboration Inc and DEVA?

Cree8iv Collaboration Inc. was founded by Sharon Marshall, a Métis/Cree entrepreneur who lives in Lantzville on the traditional lands of the Snaw’naw’as and Snuneymuxw First Nations on Vancouver Island. DEVA Training & Staffing Solutions was founded by Sharon to provide  temporary recruitment, digital literacy and virtual administrative training services for Indigenous women through a 20-week online training program. 

 

How Can I Add to the Data Quilt?

If your First Nation or Indigenous organization is engaged in a climate initiative in one or more of the categories listed above, and you would like to add some stitches to the Climate Action Data Quilt, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Sharon Marshall at sam@digitaldeva.org

Volunteer Openings

Are you or do you know someone who is First Nations, Métis or Inuit who might like to join us in our climate action work, contributing their perspective and collaborating with us in whatever role they would like?

We see our movement as inseparable from the movements for racial, social, and economic justice, and for Indigenous rights, so it is in our mandate to grow our collective power and build the world we need.

Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Action

A Four Part Webinar Series

Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Action

Join us for the second of a four-part webinar series in which Indigenous climate action leaders in BC share their thoughts and experience, hosted in partnership with the RAVEN. We will be meeting with guest speakers
Pansy Wright-Simms, a member of the Luutkudziiwus, a traditional “wilp,” or house group, of the Gitxsan Nation. And Leona Humchitt, Councillor, and Climate Action Coordinator, Heiltsuk Nation.

Busting the Fossil Fuel Corridor

Join us and RAVEN as we meet with Rueben George, and Chiefs Smogelgem and Roland Willson to learn about their resistance in the face of TMX, Coastal GasLink, and Site C-Dam.

Sifting through the woefully inadequate “CleanBC Roadmap to 2030” released ahead of COP26, it appears that B.C.’s plan is to force through infrastructure for long-term fossil fuel projects now, over the objections of First Nations and in violation of treaty and Aboriginal rights.