At Ecotrust Canada, we create impact by developing, piloting, and scaling innovative economic solutions that enable environmental sustainability and social equity.
2018 was a year full of projects creating impact: with few resources and great heart we tackled some of the most challenging issues of our times. But there’s more to do. We hope that you can join Ecotrust Canada by making a donation to our organization today. Giving is easy, just click below:
The systemic problems in Community Fisheries, Community Forestry, Energy and Housing on Reserve are complex. Here’s just 3 examples from these sectors that show how your donations have been put to work to create resilient economies and vibrant communities this year:
Towards truly sustainable fisheries
Ecotrust Canada facilitated the Fisheries for Communities Gathering in Vancouver – one of the largest gatherings of fish harvesters and fisheries-related organizations and government seen since the 1990s. Despite decades of divisive policy that has fractured both the industry and the region, the diverse room of interest groups and individuals at the Gathering came to a unified consensus on the need for fisheries policy reform in the Pacific region, and the core request to be made to the government for an independent policy review.
Fisheries for Communities Gathering, Vancouver
Supporting indigenous leadership on climate action
Ecotrust Canada collaborated in Northern Ontario this fall with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, the political body representing 47 First Nation communities whose traditional lands stretch across two-thirds of Ontario, to begin development of a first-of-its-kind climate action strategy. The forests and wetlands of these communities represent one of the world’s most significant carbon sinks – a critical safety net against climate change. This new strategy will empower these communities to tackle climate change on their own behalf, for the benefit of their own people, while also helping to protect the entire planet
Wahkohtowin General Manager David Flood and Ecotrust Canada team members
Tackling energy poverty
Ecotrust Canada partnered with the Heiltsuk Tribal Council in Bella Bella, BC, to pilot the installation of electric heat pumps as a new heating solution. With limited access to affordable fuel for remote communities, coupled with poor quality housing on reserves, the proportion of household income needed to adequately heat their homes is significantly higher than the average BC resident. Switching from diesel furnaces to heat pumps, powered by nearby hydropower, helped to significantly reduce heating costs and carbon emissions, improved the health of residents, and created local jobs. The pilot is now being scaled up to hundreds of homes in the community, but we want to replicate this in every detached home on a reserve in the province, to provide long-term savings for communities and a cleaner environment.
If you believe in our mission, please support us as a monthly donor or make a one-time donation before Dec 31st. Our Board will match donations up to total of $15,000, and as a charitable non-profit, your donations to Ecotrust Canada qualify for a charitable donation tax credit!