Indigenous Training Program

BEAHR Courses Overview​

Vocational, Job-Skills Training focused on Employment​

Our two-step approach to environmental work weaves together both Indigenous and Western perspectives. By strengthening the overall delivery, we provide a hands-on, real-world learning environment.

BEAHR Indigenous Training Programs are geared for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada. The programs help communities develop local environmental skills to pursue meaningful green careers.

Our braided two-step approach to environmental work weaves together both Indigenous and Western perspectives. By strengthening the overall delivery, we provide a hands-on, real-world learning environment.

These certificate training programs allow further recognition of the more comprehensive environmental background of the graduate. BEAHR is delivered through our network of licensed trainers. These professionals possess strong qualifications and skillsets in a variety of environmental specializations and have years of experience of working closely with Indigenous communities and environmental projects. All trainers are certified through ECO Canada, meaning they are qualified to deliver at a caliber that ensures local industry standards are met.

BEAHR Training Programs are adaptable to suit community needs and can be arranged to accommodate a variety of requirements, including delivery location, instructor preference, number of students, and the length of time to complete the required modules.

Course Curriculum Overview

Environmental Core Skills

3 weeks, or 90+ hours of instruction

The courses consist of five modules with each one focusing on helping you develop the skills you’ll need to work in an assistant-level environmental job

These modules include:

Environmental Monitoring Coordinator

Regulatory Specialization - 2 weeks, or 60+ hours of instruction

The Environmental Monitoring Curriculum prepares students to observe and measure impacts of human and industrial activities and communicate this information to various stakeholders to mitigate negative impacts. Regulatory Monitors are those individuals who monitor the activities of industry to ensure compliance with land-use or other environmental impact agreements.

Some of the topics covered in the regulatory specialization include:

Environmental Monitoring Coordinator

Research Specialization - 2 weeks, or 60+ hours of instruction

The Environmental Monitoring Curriculum prepares students to observe and measure impacts of human and industrial activities and communicate this information to various stakeholders to mitigate negative impacts. Research Monitors assist with the monitoring of various factors of the environment.

Some of the topics covered in the research specialization include:

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Environmental Site Assessment Assistant

4 weeks, or 120+ hours of instruction

An environmental site assessment assistant participates in the environmental assessment of a potentially contaminated site. The program curriculum prepares students with the essentials of environmental site assessment phases I, II, and III.

Some of the topics covered in this course include:

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Contaminated Sites Remediation Coordinator

4 weeks, or 120+ hours of instruction

A contaminated sites remediation coordinator assists in the confirmatory sampling of a remediated site and coordinates the long-term monitoring of site health and recovery. The program curriculum prepares students with the essentials of contaminated sites remediation.

Some of the topics covered in this course include:

Reclamation Specialization

1 instructional week (minimum 30-hours of training)

Complimentary to the 4-week Contaminated Sites Remediation Coordinator, a reclamation assistant aims to restore disturbed land to pre-existing conditions after it has been impacted by construction and operational activities. The program focuses on the reclamation process to receiving statutory relief, understanding the dynamics and responsibilities that arise between industry, proponents, Indigenous Nations, public, etc.

Topics include:

Local Environmental Coordinator

12 weeks, or 360+ hours of instruction

A local environmental coordinator assists in protecting and improving the quality of the environment in his or her community. The program curriculum prepares students with the fundamentals of environmental management.

Some of the topics covered in this course include:

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Solid Waste Coordinator

5 weeks, or 150+ hours of instruction

A solid waste coordinator is responsible for the management of household and commercial waste in his or her community. The program curriculum teaches students about waste collection, disposal, and diversion processes, as well as supporting community education and waste reduction promotion. Some of the topics covered in this course combine Traditional Knowledge within data collection and analysis.

Emphasis will be placed on understanding how to include:

Climate Change Adaptation

1 instructional week (minimum 30-hours of training)

Students will use both an Indigenous and Western lens to analyze the impacts that climate change has on  future generations, and to identify and implement adaptation options at the community level to increase the resiliency of their nation.

Through the incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science, you will work through a series of discussions, activities and case studies focused on:

Leadership in Energy Management

5 instructional days (minimum 30-hours of training)

This course is focused on building leadership and technical hands-on skills in the areas of energy management, including energy efficiency (retrofits), renewable energy and community energy planning (CEP). Gain hands-on technical skills and effective strategies for implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at a community level.

Key topics include:

Land Use Planning

4 weeks or 120+ hours of instruction

A land use planning coordinator assists in the development and coordination of a community land use plan with emphasis on Indigenous land use planning. The program curriculum prepares students with the fundamental concepts associated with the creation, implementation, and execution of a land use plan designed to meet the needs of their community or region.

Upon graduation, they can assist with:

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