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First Nations Home EnergySave Training & Development Opportunities

Ask an Energy Specialist


The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) invites Indigenous communities in BC to participate in the "Ask an Energy Specialist" Project

Project Overview

"Ask an Energy Specialist" aims to support First Nations communities that have an interest in housing energy efficiency but are in the early stages of planning or implementation. The project will help your community get started on energy efficiency work by offering short-term guidance (3 - 8 hours) from an SES Consulting Energy Specialist. 

How it Works

When you contact us, the Fraser Basin Council will ask you some questions to help get an overview of the energy efficiency work to date and identify specific areas you are looking for guidance.

The areas of support may include: 

  • Community Energy Planning
  • Financing and Funding Resources
  • Finding and Selecting Contractors 
  • Building Enclosure and Systems 
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning 
  • Lighting, Appliances and Home Automation
  • Monitoring and Benchmarking Performance 
  •  General Energy Management for Housing and Planning
  • Project Management
  • Community Engagement / Working with Residents 

When the focus area is decided, FBC will arrange a series of consultancy meetings with an SES specialist to help guide your community towards the desired outcome.

Contact Information

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

E: T: 236-333-4467

Training Workshops

The Fraser Basin Council is offering free training workshops as part of its First Nations Home EnergySave initiative. If you or your community is interested in hosting a workshop please contact .

This training series is made possible through the support of our funding partners at BC Hydro, FortisBC, Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Province of British Columbia (Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources).

Opportunity for External Training 

BCIT Course: CESA 1005 - Zero Energy Buildings All-In-One: Fundamentals, Airtightness, Assemblies, and Mechanicals.


 Praise for the 2020-21 Webinar Series


“Hello, my name is Edmund Haines. I’m from Nemiah Valley, B.C. I have an 8-year-old daughter. I like to fish and hunt with her to show her our culture, language and traditions. My experience with the webinar series was that it has been a good learning experience to gain more knowledge on home energy management. They were well on time and on track, not too long or too short. Overall, it was good and I look forward to the next ones coming up.”

Edmund Haines, Housing Administrator
— Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government




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:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

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