Our Overarching Goals
CIER has two overarching goals that guide our work and the development of what we offer under our Water, Youth, Food, Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity strategies.
Protecting Lands and Waters: 80% of Indigenous Peoples live on lands that are also home to most of Canada's forests and waters. Throughout Canada, many of these areas are under threat due to overuse, pollution and neglect. Often, Indigenous peoples have little or no voice in the activities that occur on their lands and waters. CIER is committed to working with First Nations to preserve and restore First Nation lands and waters. Our priorities are to:
Building Sustainable Communities: Sustainability has different meanings to different people, and to different groups of people. To us at CIER, sustainability means healthy ecosystems, thriving economies, vibrant communities, and healthy connections between them. People and economies depend on a healthy natural environment to maintain or achieve sustainability. The core objective of our Building Sustainable Communities goal is to assist First Nations to define and work towards sustainability in their communities. Our priorities are to: