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Train-the-Trainer: Building Indigenous Capacity for Energy Efficiency

Project Overview

The Fraser Basin Council and Richard Hall are delivering 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 aims to build skills and knowledge in 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 include Indigenous youth who have beginner-level knowledge of building trades and construction.

The training series includes 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 will help teach "Energy Efficiency 101" workshops in eight First Nations communities (two workshops in each of the four regions) to help introduce energy-efficient practices for maintaining homes and resident behaviours.

The project objectives are to:

  • Build capacity and knowledge on energy-efficient buildings within a cohort of Indigenous building specialists,
  • Raise awareness about energy-efficient construction and retrofit best practices and standards among industry professionals, and
  • Facilitate Indigenous-led education for First Nations communities on energy-efficient buildings.

New! Energy Efficiency Workshop for New and Existing Homes

Energy Efficiency Workshop

A limited number of community workshops will be scheduled between June and September, 2022, led by Indigenous building experts through the Train-the-Trainer program.

Would your community like a workshop?

Learn more!

Train-the-Trainer Series: Video Recordings

Recordings of the training sessions will be added to this web page the day after the session is delivered. Watch the videos below — or download the videos to watch later.

Session 1 Video: House as a System | June 25, 2021


Session 2: Introduction to Zero Energy Buildings  | July 16

This video, hosted by BCIT, is not available for general access.

Session 3: Resilient and Affordable Building Design | August 6

  Session 4: Building Condition Assessments | (NEW!) August 27




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Session 1 | Video: House as a System

Download the video

Session 3 | Video: Resilient and Affordable Building Design 

 Coming soon

Session 4 | Video: Building Condition Assessments

Coming soon

About Richard Hall

Richard Hall of Nuxalk Nation has 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. He is now designing affordable, sustainable and energy-efficient homes that complement the climates of British Columbia's west coast and that suit the cultural lifestyles of First Peoples.

Richard Hall is the featured presente for Train-the-Trainer

Contact Information

If this project is of interest to you and the community you support, please contact Tom Welfare at the Fraser Basin Council:


T: 236-333-4467

Project Funders

Thanks to the Train-the-Trainer project funders: Clean BC, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, BC Hydro, Fortis BC, BC Housing and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.

Thanks to funders of the Train-the-Trainers project


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 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