Train the Trainer: Building Indigenous Capacity for Energy Efficiency
In 2021-2022 the Fraser Basin Council and Richard Hall delivered Train-the-Trainer: Building Indigenous Capacity for Energy Efficiency, a project in partnership with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
This project aimed to build skills and knowledge on energy-efficient building construction within Indigenous communities by training a peer group of eight Indigenous building experts and 12 student trainees, representing four regions in BC (Northern BC, Central Coast, Southern BC and BC Interior BC). The student trainees included Indigenous youth who have beginner-level knowledge of building trades and construction.
The training series included four online training sessions and a three-day in-person course in Vancouver, instructed by BCIT, AHMA, Sustainable Projects Group and Richard Hall.
After completing the training, the eight building expert trainers were able to teach "Energy Efficiency 101" workshops in First Nations communities that wanted to learn more about energy-efficient practices for maintaining homes.
The project objectives were to:
Thanks to Richard Hall of Nuxalk Nation who brought to this project 35 years of experience in indigenous housing as a Red Seal carpenter / builder, a capital project and housing manager, a housing consultant and building inspector. In his work, he designs affordable, sustainable and energy-efficient homes that complement the climate conditions of British Columbia's west coast and that suit the cultural lifestyles of First Peoples.
Thanks also to the project funders: Clean BC, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, BC Hydro, Fortis BC, BC Housing and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.
Webinars and Workshops
To check out videos of past events, visit the First Nations Home EnergySave playlist on YouTube.
Indigenous Youth Home Energy Workshop
This workshop brought together Indigenous youth to discuss successes, challenges and the need for better support mechanisms for those working in the home energy field and how to address home energy efficiency both on and off-Nation.
Webinar | Green Homes, Warm Homes: Energy Efficient First Nations Housing
Hosted in partnership by the Fraser Basin Council and Yale First Nation, this workshop offered an opportunity for First Nations communities to learn about improving energy efficiency of homes on reserve. The workshop provided an introduction to energy efficient buildings, highlighted how First Nations are building or retrofitting for energy efficient homes, helped connect communities to funding organizations, showcased an interactive demonstration of air sealing, and showcased Yale First Nation's Passive homes through a field visit.
Workshop | Live Green, Save Green: Taking Action on Energy Efficiency
Hosted in partnership by the Fraser Basin Council and Okanagan Nation Alliance, this workshop offered an opportunity for First Nations administrative managers, elected leaders and community champions to hear from other First Nations communities about their work in planning for energy efficiency, community engagement on energy, and building community through clean energy projects. In addition, the workshop provided an overview of the upcoming energy step code and how it will support energy efficient building practices.
Workshop | Saving Dollars on Energy: Increasing Energy Efficiency for First Nations Housing
This workshop featured the experiences of First Nations communities in building new energy-efficient homes, renovating existing homes and creating housing policy with best practices for energy efficiency. Workshop participants — First Nations housing managers, senior staff and elected leaders — discussed priority actions for housing energy efficiency and connected with funding agencies, community leaders, consultants and training opportunities.
The workshop was hosted by the Fraser Basin Council as part of the First Nations Home EnergySave program.
Webinar Series on Home Energy Management
The Fraser Basin Council partnered with SES Consulting to deliver free Home Energy Management Training webinars as part of the First Nations Home EnergySave initiative. The webinars aimed to support energy management within First Nation communities in BC and to look at how energy conservation could improve health and comfort and manage costs.
The program explored a range of topics but focused on three main topic series:
To check out the webinar videos, visit the FBC YouTube channel.
One-on-One Support Program
Fraser Basin Council offered a One-on-One Support Program as part of its First Nations Home EnergySave initiative. The objectives of this program were to:
Participants in the One-on-One Support Program had access to advice for current energy efficiency projects, advice and support for funding applications, and connections to support organizations. In addition, the program provided up to $5,000 for community capacity building and training that participants were free to design themselves.
Snuneymuxw First Nation's Gimme Shelter & Energy Workshops
Snuneymuxw held a series of community workshops with the goal of changing attitudes on energy habits and preparing community members for home rental or home ownership.
The workshop series covered seven key topics:
In order to get higher community participation, Snuneymuxw combined the "Gimme Shelter" housing curriculum with energy-related discussions. To educate community members, they also created "Energy Tidbits" flyer: here's an example. Also read the project report.
Halalt First Nation Energy Efficiency Initiative
Halalt's Energy Efficiency Initiative aimed to build internal awareness of and capacity for energy efficiency and to prioritize energy savings retrofits for existing homes.
Project activities included a community workshop to help build awareness about energy consumption and the review of home energy assessments to provide information for prioritizing renovation projects with the greatest potential to save energy. Read the project report.
Hands-on Training on Air Sealing at Shxw'owhamel
Shxw'owhamel First Nation has a goal to ensure that local construction and maintenance personnel are knowledgeable about home energy systems and are capable of carrying out necessary energy efficiency measures.
Shxw'owhamel hosted two-day training sessions to teach about how to properly air seal existing homes and new construction. The two-day session included class sessions and hands-on training.
Read the project report.