Public Benefit Journalism Project
In partnership with the Centre for Investigative Journalism, I-SEA is pleased to feature quality investigative journalism projects in areas of public interest, with specific emphasis on Indigenous issues and impacts of climate change, and Canada's clean energy technologies.
First Nations Forward
B.C. First Nations appear poised to start taking back care of their own children, using their own culture and laws, as the number of Indigenous kids in foster care across Canada has reached crisis proportions.
Reporter Emilee Gilpin traveled to the central coast of B.C., to Nuxalk territories, to learn about the Nuxalk Nation's apprenticeship program. Here, she shares some of her personal experiences, travelling, questioning and trying to tell stories "in a good way."
They are creators, entrepreneurs, teachers and artisans, remixing tradition, creating pieces for ceremony, powwows, self-care and fashion — making the world more beautiful with every bead, shell and prayer-filled piece of work.
The Nuxalk Nation started their own apprenticeship program, taking the housing situation into their own hands, literally. Through the community-based program, which matches empowered Nuxalk apprentices with advanced skilled workers, the Nation is building their own homes again, as their ancestors once did, from the ground up.
A year after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he would set up an interim board of directors to establish a National Council for Reconciliation, his government picked Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild to chair that board.
First Nations have managed land protection and conservation since time immemorial and those ancient values have powered up the modern energy sector in B.C. By the end of 2016, 30 First Nations had operational solar, run-of-river, geothermal, wind, and biomass projects powering their communities and the province.
Clean energy sits at the very core of this expansion as the world shifts from high carbon industries to low and zero carbon. This is about the transition away from sunset industries to sunrise industries. It is about engaging directly with First Nations communities so that they can benefit from local power production, ownership and sustainable economic development.
Senator Murray Sinclair, who served as chief commissioner of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission, wants to see a new royal proclamation solidify a new nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.
Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said “Inuit were not consulted in the creation of the 10 principles,” while Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde said "we weren’t involved in developing a draft of that."
Stormy weather left the American-owned Jake Shearer vessel, carrying up to 10,000 tons of fuel stranded, just off the coast of Bella Bella. The vessel was in distress just near Goose Island. This is an essential food harvesting spot for the Heiltsuk.
Canada's Clean Economy
Fifteen transport companies, among them Uber and Lyft, pledge to lead the transition toward a zero-emission future and sustainable cities through more collaboration with local governments.
Extra programs to support and retrain workers from waning fossil fuel industries should be put in place now, before too many pink slips start to fly, says a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Natural Resources Canada says newer clean power projects like geothermal and tidal power “face higher risks, costs and more regulatory issues" than established ones like hydro dams.
Alberta has locked down wind power at a 20-year average price of 3.7 cents per kilowatt-hour — less than half of Ontario’s 2016 procurement.
Nearly 274,000 Canadians had green jobs in 2016, according to new estimates released by the federal government's statistical agency.
And with an average annual salary of about $92,000, including benefits, these Canadians are earning a lot more than the average worker, who makes about $59,000, Statistics Canada reported on Wednesday.
Canada's trade minister is urging the nation's clean tech firms to be "un-Canadian" and start bragging.
With more than 800 clean tech companies across the country, experts say Canada has a smorgasbord of green solutions to offer, but struggles to make its products known amidst the din of market heavyweights like the United States, India and China.