The Building Environment Aboriginal Human Resource Environment Monitoring Program is a community-based culturally relevant and nationally recognized program.
The training provides students with an opportunity to work on existing community concerns and development projects. It involves networking with a variety of people in industry, government and their communities.
The BEAHR program curriculum is set up into modules. Six-week training core modules must be completed in the program.
The BEAHR Environment Monitor Program was held in Sucker Creek First Nation and consisted of three-core modules plus two-weeks of Regulatory Specialization. Primary topics are environment legislation and environmental effects of monitoring.
In preparation for the training program: funding, sponsors for students, guest speakers, Elders [knowledge holders], field trips, Internet access and classroom space was arranged to ensure students had the best access to information and knowledge during their training.
Sucker Creek First Nation encourages interested industry and government supports to participate in a variety of the curriculum sections, including a variety of topics from how a resource works to health and safety topics.
Field trips to propose, existing, and reclaimed resource development project where set up. During the training, students were responsible for daily collection of baseline data about the area and for specific projects, involving looking at the past, present and future of traditional use.
The best part was getting to meet with the Sucker Creek Elders and community members to record and map historical sites, changes they see from wildlife, plants, other scared sites identified and waterways huge change.
Employment opportunities are growing in the environmental field. These graduates will find opportunities with industry, and government and their First Nations communities is a result of the need to build community capacity for both in First Nation Land Management and consultation offices. These offices are responsible to review environmental impact assessments and provide input on traditional land use before development projects. The graduates are trained to assist with this work.
Carol Crowe was the lead in structure for Indigenous Vision Inc. and her team of professional instructors.