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BC CLEAR Projects 2015-2016 (funding start dates) > Enabling First Nations Participation in the Wood Stove Exchange Program

Enabling First Nations Participation in the Wood Stove Exchange Program

posted on 7:32 PM, July 6, 2016

Project leader: Gillian Aubie Vines

This research project’s main objective is to improve air quality in First Nations communities by reshaping programs aimed at reducing particulate matter caused by wood burning. Over the last seven years, the Province of British Columbia has been working to curtail the release of particulates from wood stoves across the province through the Wood Stove Exchange Program (WSEP). To date, the Province has not been successful in engaging First Nations to apply for and take advantage of this program.

This project will provide recommendations on how the existing program can be adapted to target First Nations more effectively by examining barriers preventing communities from participating in the WSEP. The project lead will work with First Nations and agency partners to determine appropriate measures to remove these barriers.

This work will involve setting up a steering committee to guide the project, conduction background research on effective aboriginal program design and a stakeholder mapping exercise to identify ideal research participants. This will be followed by developing interview questions and conducting interviews with 10 to 15 First Nations to identify barriers to program uptake. The interviews will be followed up with background research on the roots of identified barriers, and development of recommended strategies to overcome root barriers.

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