Indigenous Engagement

Totem poles designed and carved by notable Indigenous carvers Wayne Carlick and James Lewis of the Tlingit/Taltan Nation, located in the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Capilano comes from the Squamish Nation’s Kia’palano, which means “beautiful river.”

BC First Nations Climate Action Data Quilt

The BC First Nations Climate Action Data Quilt is a comprehensive database and mapping tool that connects First Nations climate action initiatives in the lands colonially known as British Columbia. The Quilt includes projects such as community-wide heat pumps in Bella Bella by the Heiltsuk First Nation, solar initiatives by the Tŝilhqot’in National Government, a micro-hydro project near Port Alberni by the Hupačasath First Nation, and 300 other projects. 

To learn more about the BC First Nations Climate Action Data Quilt, click here!

Indigenous Engagement

Are you or do you know someone who is First Nations, Métis or Inuit who might like to join WE-CAN 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

This webinar was the second of a four-part series, hosted in partnership with RAVEN, in which Indigenous climate action leaders in BC have shared their thoughts and experiences. In this webinar, we got to hear from 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 of the Heiltsuk Nation.

Busting the Fossil Fuel Corridor

This was the first of four webinars, hosted in partnership with RAVEN, on Indigenous perspectives on climate action.  In this webinar, we got to hear from Rueben George, and Chiefs Smogelgem and Roland Willson 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 appeared that B.C.’s plan was to force through infrastructure for long-term fossil fuel projects, over the objections of First Nations and in violation of treaty and Aboriginal rights.