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Environmental Governance

Environmental Governance at Work: First Nations Showing the Way. 2009.

From 2006-2008, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) worked in partnership with the National Centre for First Nation Governance (NCFNG) to research and document examples of successful environmental governance and how they are being implemented by the First Nations of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC). Together, we learned that First Nations with successful environmental governance shared seven essential elements. These First Nations had:

  1. A strong connection to their culture
  2. Respect for the authority of their community leadership
  3. Stable institutions to address environmental issues
  4. Access to information about environmental issues relating to their lands and waters
  5. Their own capacity to conduct independent environmental research
  6. Administrative structures to implement the mandates of their institutions
  7. Financial resources to build capacity in their community


With the participation of CSTC, CIER and the NCFNG developed a 30-minute film entitled Environmental Governance at Work: First Nations Showing the Way. In this film, CSTC members shared their stories, describing how the seven elements are being implemented in their First Nations. Also, through their stories, they described the outcomes that have resulted because of their successful environmental governance.

This video is available to watch, in four parts, on CIERWorld, CIER's You Tube channel. It is also available to order in hardcopy. To order your DVD copy of the film, please complete our online form.