On May 11, 2022, the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) and the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) signed a Memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Together, CMN and ECO Canada are committed to collaborating to build long-term and mutually beneficial relationships that support excellence in environmental research and monitoring, training in the braiding of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems, and the effective and comprehensive implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
This MOU will mutually facilitate training and employment needs and interests of the CMN and ECO Canada communities.
One such opportunity is the Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) training program on environmental monitoring. This four-week certification program is being offered from August 1st - 26th, 2022 at Kluane Lake Research Station, Yukon, Canada, and interested participants can apply. The course provided by ECO Canada is funded by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and supported by CMN.
This new collaboration includes coordinating wage and training subsidies, job placements, and mentorship opportunities for CMN students and others through ECO Canada programs. ECO Canada will also support students, early career professionals and established practitioners with continuing professional development, including virtual learning opportunities and free resources
Kevin Nilsen (President & CEO), Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry (Vice President, Professional Services & ESG), Dr. Bill Borland (Board of Directors) (ECO Canada), and Dr. Monique Dubé (Executive Director), Norma Kassi (Co-Research Director) and Nicole Olivier (Programs Manager (CMN) sign the memorandum of understanding in Whitehorse, Yukon. Absent: Dr. Murray Humphries (Co-Research Director, CMN)
This collaboration facilitates best practices and advances ethical training approaches that are culturally relevant for First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals and communities. CMN and ECO Canada are committed to exploring accreditation and certification that recognize and encourage professionals to become competent in Indigenous research, monitoring, and training methods, as well as the ethical braiding of Indigenous and Western knowledges.