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One-on-One Support Program

Fraser Basin Council is offering a One-on-One Support Program as part of its First Nations Home EnergySave initiative. The objectives of this program are to:

  1. Build the capacity of three new First Nations community champions to plan and implement energy efficiency projects.
  2. Encourage peer mentoring and share best practices in energy efficient housing.
  3. Support First Nations communities in designing their own training initiative to address an educational need. 

Participants in the One-on-One Support Program have access to ongoing advice for current energy efficiency projects, advice and support for funding applications, and connections to support organizations. In addition, the program provides up to $5,000 for community capacity building and training that participants are free to design themselves.

2017-2018 Projects

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:

  1. Introduction on historical impacts on First Nations housing
  2. What constitutes a good tenant / home owner
  3. Money smarts and basic budgeting
  4. Preparing to rent or own on First Nations land
  5. How to maintain your housing and reduce energy consumption
  6. Attitudes towards energy consumption and
  7. Conflict resolution.

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.


2016-2017 Projects

FNHES - One on One - Lytton

Lytton’s Solar Energy Workshop

Lytton First Nation hosted the Lytton Solar Energy Workshop on May 30, 2017 for Lytton community members as well as surrounding Nations. Presenters included W Dusk Group, Canadian Energy, and BC Hydro. BC Hydro’s outreach team hosted a booth providing tips and advice around saving energy for homes. W Dusk Group spoke about working with First Nations around BC on solar energy installations.

Read the project report here

FNHES - One on One - GNN

Learning about Green Technologies from the Haida Nation

Given the high cost of electricity in the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation (GNN), the community wanted to develop a Community Energy Plan and to explore alternative, energy efficient technologies. Two representatives from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Band Office traveled to Skidegate, Haida Gwaii to consult with representatives on their approach to the Community Energy Plan and how to use alternative technologies to reduce the cost of electricity in the community. GNN also aimed to learn how to encourage self-sufficiency in providing community energy needs and eliminate their dependency on diesel power generation.

Read the project report here

FNHES - One on One - LNIB

Lower Nicola Indian Band’s Energy Efficiency Workshop

Lower Nicola Indian Band hosted a community workshop to raise awareness about energy efficiency, indoor air quality and ventilation. The workshop provided advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of homes and save money on occupants’ utilities. A trainer demonstrated the operation of a heat recovery ventilation unit, showing the internal components and the operation.

Read the project report here

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351