What We Offer
At CIER, we work with First Nations to build environmental capacity. We educate, conduct research and build skills to assist First Nations in taking action to solve the environmental problems that affect their lands and waters. This work is important because healthy lands and waters are critical to meet basic needs and are a part of First Nation culture and identity. By sharing knowledge, skills and abilities, we assist First Nations in creating solutions that are relevant and that can be used by and passed on to others. We learn with, teach and connect First Nations with the resources they need to achieve their goals.
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: