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Past Activities

Building capacity of young people to actively participate and contribute to social, environmental, and economic well-being in communities throughout the Fraser Basin and across BC has been a key focus of the FBC Youth Program since 2006. Below are some examples of ways we have engaged over the years:

Youth Voices in Policy and Decision-making  I  Leadership and Skill Building  I  Outreach and Engagement  I  Building Resilient Communities  I  Connecting Education to Practice  I  Scholarships

 

Youth Voices in Policy and Decision-making

Megaphone by Milky - Digital innovation from the Noun Project

Youth Director - The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) has had a Youth representative on its Board of Directors since 2010 who provides youth perspectives on FBC decision making and brings to forefront matters of importance to young people in BC. Meet our current Youth Director!

The FBC Youth Committee (2006-present) has played an important role in shaping the focus and the development of the FBC Youth Program as well as on the FBC strategic planning process. FBC’s Youth Advisory Committee brings a fresh perspective to the work of our Youth Program. Few project examples  led by the Committee include:

  • developing the FBC Youth Program Business Plan for 2018-2021,
  • developing the FBC Youth Strategy in 2014 to define the goals, objectives and activities of the Youth Committee and youth engagement programs from 2015-2017  

Meet the Committee!

City of Dawson Creek Strategic Plan - FBC facilitated the development of a strategic plan for the City of Dawson Creek, and a youth City Councillor provided valuable input in that plan.

Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy - FBC is supporting youth to provide their voices in developing a Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy alongside local groups and governments, as well as FBC.

Nechako Watershed Roundtable Committee - FBC has supported the inclusion of a youth representative on the Nechako Watershed Roundtable’s Core Committee who is participating in the decision making for the strategic direction of the NWR.

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Leadership and Skill Building

Mentor by Becris from the Noun Project

Stewardship Legacy Film (2013) - The FBC Youth Committee developed and produced a video profile of three stewardship and restoration projects supported by the 2006-2012 Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program to identify key lessons learned, successes, and the relevance of these projects to youth.

The Youth Watershed Stewardship initiative (2009-2012) engaged 85 youth from the Lower Mainland and Upper Fraser regions to learn about their role as watershed stewards, and to develop skills and knowledge to actively participate in local initiatives. It also included a mentorship component with community organizations and government agencies supporting youth participants through a 6-week employment-based mentorship program.

BC Youth Congress – Youth Uniting for Sustainability (2009) - 85 youth from all over BC came together for a day of workshops, speakers, and networking. This event gave youth the chance to build skills and networks, learn about local sustainability actions, and to link their sustainability values to their career pathways. Youth participants brought their recommendations to enhance youth engagement and leadership to delegates at the State of the Fraser Basin Conference the following day.

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Outreach and Engagement

support by Brand Mania from the Noun Project

Heritage Rivers Storymaps: Youth are currently creating a GIS Story Map to profile the natural, recreational, and cultural heritage values of the Fraser and Cowichan Rivers. Youth are learning about the heritage value of both rivers through their involvement in the project.

Effects of illegal dumping: FBC is a part of a campaign to educate high school students on the negative effects of illegal dumping at recreational lakes and parks in the Fraser Valley.

Clean Air Day 2017: FBC staff delivered engaging presentations about clean air and air quality to elementary students in Prince George for Clean Air Day 2017.

Teacher Resources: FBC worked with local educators and school districts to design air quality lesson plans that align with the BC curriculum in Prince George in 2013, and in the Fraser Valley in 2015. These lesson plans were offered as resource packages for teachers to explore the issues of air quality with their students.

Conversations around air quality: In 2011 a group of Prince George Aboriginal youth explored air quality issues in the region and opportunities to promote good air quality and healthy lifestyles. FBC hosted the project, which included a tour of an air quality monitoring station and a look at Canfor Pulp and Paper Mill operations. Participants arranged for a discussion of air quality issues between Aboriginal youth and Elders at the Native Friendship Centre.

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Building Resilient Communities

Building Resilient Communities

The Art of Storytelling 2017: This youth dialogue workshop connected youth and community leaders to share stories, network, and discuss sense of place and community connections in the Fraser Valley.

Fraser Valley Connected! 2016: This workshop brought together youth and adult community leaders to discuss the importance of community engagement and social connectedness to strengthen individual health and overall community well-being in the Fraser Valley.

Youth @ Together Shuswap 2015: This forum engaged youth from across the Shuswap Lake region in dialogue about youth participation and engagement in the area. Following the youth dialogue, the youth participants presented a summary of the dialogue to 100+ people attending the larger Together Shuswap Community Dialogue, which included elected officials, First Nations chiefs and councillors, and NGOs.

Youth Diversity Project 2014: Youth from rural and urban communities across BC came together to share cultural, social, economic perspectives during a two-day dialogue and skills development workshop. Findings from the event were used to inform a larger study led by BC Rural Network on improving youth retention in rural and regional communities across BC.

Project Comeback (2012-2014): In partnership with the BC Rural Network, FBC started Project Comeback to help five communities in rural BC to understand youth retention in their specific communities, and to create community-specific projects that address the issues identified.

Living Life Fully (2011): FBC and community partners in Northern BC supported youth for the Living Life Fully project. This project promoted healthy living and was focused on educating and engaging the community on local and traditional foods. Youth were supported as they worked on projects including organizing a local baby food event for young parents, developing signage about traditional plant uses, maintaining a community garden plot, and creating a Local and Traditional Food Recipes booklet.

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Connecting Education to Practice

links by ProSymbols from the Noun Project  
Supporting post-secondary students in sustainability work
  • FBC is working with UBC Sustainability Scholars who are developing and conducting user surveys of electric vehicle (EV) drivers in a research project on the role public EV charging stations play in supporting EV ownership in Metro Vancouver
  • UNBC students are working on research projects related to air quality trends and patterns for the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR), an initiative managed by FBC
  • FBC partnered with BCIT students to develop a business case for EVs in fleets
  • A practicum student from the UBC First Nations and Indigenous Studies program helped FBC put together a research report about how First Nations are engaging members of their communities on energy efficiency
  • FBC supported students in the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning to develop a visitor use management framework for the Sea-to-Sky region
  • PGAIR funded a “Carbon Intern” from a UNBC Carbon Management class in 2016 to perform free energy/sustainability assessments for small businesses in Prince George. These businesses were rewarded with a free carbon footprint analysis, along with recommendations on how they could use less energy.

Hiring youth to deliver important FBC projects

  • Youth - both FBC staff and volunteers - helped raise awareness of EVs at Emotive community events
  • Students were hired to deliver education and outreach programs in the Nicola Valley
  • FBC employed a summer intern (2015) who led key FBC youth initiatives, conducted research, and assisted with coordination of the Youth Committee. Through this experience, the intern helped strengthen the Youth Program and advanced the intern’s own career path by gaining new skills and capacity and an expanded professional network.

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Scholarships

education by Cuby Design from the Noun Project

Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health: The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health scholarship supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with BC communities that are addressing environmental health issues and promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative community initiatives. The goal of these projects should be to support indigenous and non-indigenous communities in their efforts to improve air quality, environmental health or environmental sustainability in BC.

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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.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

BuySmart Network:
www.buysmartbc.com

BC Rural Network:
www.bcruralnetwork.ca

Rethinking our Water Ways:
www.rethinkingwater.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca

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

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