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Forging new pathways for Indigenous women and 2SLGBTTQQIA+ people

December 08, 2021

Cheakamus Centre is one of ten inaugural grant recipients from across Canada to receive $250,000 each through the Indigenous Innovation Initiative's Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program.

In collaboration with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, British Columbia Institute of Technology, B Collective Homes, VanCity and others, Building a Greener Future Together is a high-performance buildings education project to address Indigenous gender inequalities in the green construction industry.

Through a combination of online and in-person teaching and learning, which incorporate Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, and practical application of what is learned in the classroom, a team of students, educators, community and industry experts will transform one of Cheakamus Centre's circa 1960 cabins into a model for energy efficiency, while empowering and creating green career pathways for Indigenous women and 2SLGBTTQQIA+ people. 

Learn more about the Building a Greener Future Together project HERE.

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Cathy Jenkins, Director
Cheakamus Foundation