Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR)

Peerless Trout First Nation is excited to announce their first BEAHR program offered in the community. The five week program that commenced in October 2015. Eight members of the PTFN community and two members from Loon River First Nation are participating in a five week training program known as BEARH. The participants will receive an Environmental Monitor Certificate through their five week program that consists of:

  • Studying the National Occupational Standards in Environmental Monitoring with Specialization in Regulatory and Research Skills.
  • Working closely with Elders, and community members to learn more about the relationship between Indigenous people and the land.
  • Learning to gather environmental data and report findings to leaders and/or Stakeholders with the intent of reducing impacts of project by including traditional knowledge in the western science review of projects.

The program will assist graduates in developing a positive working relationship with all Stakeholders. Since 2006, BEARH training programs have helped Aboriginal communities develop technical environmental skills and foster rewarding environmental careers. The First Nation through their Development Corporation obtained a grant through the Alberta Canada Job Grant to assist with instructor fees and textbooks. The course is being delivered by Carol Crowe of Indigenous Visions. The company is an Aboriginal training group and a multi-provincial corporation for both Alberta and Saskatchewan. To date the company has have certified over 250 Environmental Monitors in primarily Alberta and Saskatchewan.

        

PTFN HOUSING UPDATE

PTFN HOUSING UPDATE

Since our Spring Newsletter update a number of items have transpired, perhaps the most newsworthy would be the recent approval of Louise Houle obtaining a housing loan through the Bank Of Montreal to build a new home. Louise is the first community member to obtain a loan through the BMO on reserve loan program, the Chief, Council, Housing Authority and housing dept. are quite proud of Louise taking the initiative to seek alternative financing to address her family’s housing needs.

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