FAQ: Paid 8-Month Position for First Nation, Métis or Inuit Intern

Posted by Nichole Fraser MacDonald

on Apr 15, 2016 8:00:46 AM

We've had a lot of interest in our posting for an 8-month paid position for a First Nation, Métis or Inuit Intern. We've had lots of questions too, so we put together a "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) to help people looking for answers.  If you have any other questions, please contact us.

For 2016, applications will be accepted until May 2, 2016 by email to HR@sharedvaluesolutions.com

  The original internship opportunity posting is here:

Paid 8-Month Position for First Nation, Métis or Inuit Intern

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Topics: Sustainability Innovation in Ontario, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships

First Nation Water Innovation: Fighting Bad Water and Winning

Posted by Don Richardson

on Oct 16, 2015 11:47:08 AM

Constance Lake First Nation

Bad Water, Bad Headlines

The CBC News headline from October 15, 2015 reads: 

Bad water: 'Third World' conditions on First Nations in Canada: Two-thirds of First Nations have been under at least 1 water advisory between 2004 and 2014.  According to the article: "two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory at some time in the last decade, a CBC News investigation has revealed. The numbers show that 400 out of 618 First Nations in the country had some kind of water problem between 2004 and 2014."

Fighting Bad Water and Winning

But we know it doesn't have to be this way.  With the right people in the circle, the impossible is possible.  We live in a world where, if they have the right intentions, people in industry and government, and people from towns of all sizes, get together to make amazing things happen – things they couldn’t have dreamed up alone. We live in a world where, if they have the right intentions, people from corporations get together with people in local governments or NGOs to explore innovative ways to do business while enhancing the natural and social environment, and building community.  In particular, we live in a world where Aboriginal and industry partnerships can achieve results that evade siloed government programs.  We live in a world where shared value solutions are possible.

Constance Lake First Nation's Water Innovation Story

Seven years ago, a group of environmental scientists, environmental planners, and water specialists sat down for lunch with the elected leader of a distant community to hear the community’s story of a watershed gone bad, years of contaminated water, and a seemingly permanent boil water advisory affecting the health of families and preventing economic development. The story was not from a Third World community, but from Constance Lake First Nation (CLFN) in northern Ontario.

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Topics: Sustainability Innovation in Ontario, First Nations Approaches to Water Management, Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards

We’re Hiring: Wildlife Biologist, Ecologist or Related Specialty

Posted by Nichole Fraser MacDonald

on Oct 10, 2015 8:30:23 AM

Do you have a passion for how people and the environment interact? Are you looking for a meaningful work environment where you can take initiative and think outside the box?

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Topics: Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

We Are Stewardship Warriors

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jul 14, 2015 9:42:00 AM

 

 

On July 8, 2015, we had the opportunity to assist Larry Sault, former Councillor and Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and former Grand Chief of the Iroquois and Allied Indians - and now CEO of Anwaatin,  for his address to the Climate Summit of the Americas.  Following his speech, there were many requests to have access to a copy.  Here, with Councillor Sault's direction, is the text of his address.


 

We are Stewardship Warriors

Larry Sault, Councillor for the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
 
Speech to the Climate Change Summit of the Americas, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

July 8, 2015

 

YOU ARE WELCOME

 

I’ll begin by thanking Premier Wynne; Ontario’s Environment Minister: Glen Murray and the rest of the Summit Organizers. Our First Nation ancestors have always reminded us about our spiritual connection to the natural world. It’s my privilege to be invited to talk here this morning.

200 years ago, this was the original homelands of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation and one of the largest fur trade routes on the great lakes. This was our home. So on behalf of our membership we welcome other Tribal and First Nation Leaders, dignitaries from the 41 countries from the Americas, Mr. Felipe Calderón, Chair of the The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, former United States Vice Presicent Al Gore, California Governor Jerry Brown, Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard and you - our guests.

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Topics: Ontario Climate Action, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario, Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards

The New Ontario Aboriginal Procurement Program: 9 Questions Answered

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jun 27, 2015 12:35:00 PM


 

NEW Ontario Aboriginal Procurement Program

On June 26, 2015, Ontario launched its new Aboriginal Procurement Program.  The Program is designed to help Aboriginal business owners sell products and services to the Ontario government and help them secure future contracts and clients. It is based on an Aboriginal Procurement Pilot Program that was launched in 2012.  The Program connects with Premier Kathleen Wynne's Ministerial Mandates, including a wide range of mandates for Aboriginal community wellbeing (see our previous post: Premier Wynne's Priorities for Ontario: Aboriginal Community Wellbeing).

The Aboriginal Procurement Program will likely foster meaningful Aboriginal and industry partnerships, especially creative aboriginal-private sector business partnerships - beyond existing programs such as those for Aboriginal energy partnerships - where companies really step up and break new ground with creative, innovative and practical Aboriginal business ventures.   

 

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Topics: Premier Wynne's Mandates, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships

Five Game-Changing Ontario Natural Gas Innovations On the Horizon

Posted by Don Richardson

on May 3, 2015 9:56:49 AM

 

In Quebec, natural gas is fast becoming the fuel of choice for large transportation, long-haul fleets, thanks in part to provincial incentives for vehicle refits and a growing network of "Blue Road" refueling stations.  Will Ontario be next?

 

Background: Why is Natural Gas Innovation Happening in Ontario? 

Before jumping to the Five Game-Changing Natural Gas Innovations discussed below, it's good to get some background on how Ontario got into the position to see these innovations in the first place, where they fit with Ontario's energy future, and why they should matter to you.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

$230 Million Rural Ontario Natural Gas Economic Development Program

Posted by Don Richardson

on May 2, 2015 11:37:00 AM

Turning on the Natural Gas in Rural & Remote Ontario!

New $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan and $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant

In the summer of 2014, Ontario's Premier Wynne announced a series of mandates for her ministers, including a set of mandates for low cost natural gas.  Now with the recent Ontario budget, the announcements are rolling out.

Ontario has now announced a new program that combines a $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan with a $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant.  Both initiatives are targeted to rural Ontario natural gas access - for areas of the province that are not currently served with increasingly low cost natural gas, especially rural and remote areas and agri-business.

Ontario says the program is designed to expand the spread of natural gas and  natural gas pipelines in rural Ontario, attract new industry, make commercial transportation and agriculture more affordable, help to create jobs, provide more energy choices and lower electricity prices for businesses and consumers of rural ontario natural gas.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

$90,000 per Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Project Now Available!

Posted by Leah Culver

on Apr 13, 2015 5:31:00 PM

$90,000 per Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Project Now Available in Ontario!

Nichole Fraser-MacDonald, Jeremy Shute and Leah Culver - Our Aboriginal Community Energy Plan bright lights - call 226-706-8888 or Toll-free - 1-866-293-9042 or Email: info@sharedvaluesolutions.com

[We also provide certification training for "BEAHR" Aboriginal Environmental Monitors and Technicians!]

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Topics: Ontario Climate Action, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships, Aboriginal Energy Projects

Energy Pioneer's Legacy Injecting Billions into Ontario's Economy

Posted by Don Richardson

on Apr 2, 2015 11:49:00 PM

Who is the Energy Innovator Who Helped Inject $4.2 Billion into Ontario Construction, Putting Many Ontarians to Work While Generating Serious Environmental Issues?

  • His grandfather was a goat herder in Greece.  His father ran a shoeshine and pressing shop in Texas.  
  • Very late in his life he produced an energy innovation that reshaped the North American energy industry
  • His innovation has reshaped global geopolitics and the global economy  
  • He's also responsible for helping inject at least $4 Billion into Ontario Construction in the next few months.

 

Note: This Post is part of our "Sustainability Innovation for Ontario" and "Unconventional Oil and Gas" series.  We’re strategic environmental assessment practitioners and we're keen on sustainability innovation in Ontario, so we believe in the importance of accurately understanding the impacts of change, harnessing change appropriately, and acknowledging and addressing negative impacts.  We recognize that there are potential positive and negative impacts to the changes in natural gas infrastructure and use across Ontario.  To really “get gas” you need to look closely at the benefits, trade-offs and potential negative impacts. You can keep track of recent developments at our Natural Gas Innovation for Ontario on our LinkedIn Group


 

Meet George Mitchell

Most people have never heard of George Phydias Paraskevopoulos - better known as George Mitchell, the Greek-American businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist from Texas.  Certainly, most people in Ontario have never heard of him, but everyday he touches our lives.

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

Ontario Climate Action Innovation: Landfill Gas Fuels Recycling Plant

Posted by Meaghan Langille and Don Richardson

on Mar 16, 2015 7:35:00 PM

Circular Economy Brilliance: Landfill Gas Fuels Ontario Recycling Plant

Climate change is perhaps the single greatest threat to humanity of our generation. With Canada’s emissions set to continue rise, we are nowhere near the targets we've set as a nation.  Not content to wait for federal action, Ontario is embarking on a "subnational" effort to change that.   Ontario climate action innovation is helping change Canada's image as a climate action laggard to that of a global climate action leader.

We're going to provide input to Ontario's climate change discussion paper, and help support a high-productivity, low-carbon economy. To develop our input, we're going to learn from some of the "early adopters" pushing Ontario climate action innovation - people and organizations building Ontario climate policy from the ground up.  The great thing about the people of Ontario is they don't wait for federal climate policy to innovate and make climate change action happen.  

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Topics: Ontario Climate Action, Local is the New Black, Carbon Offsets, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario