Environmental Monitoring Program

Program Description:

Dechı̨ta Nàowo is delivering environmental training through the Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BHEAR) project. BHEAR was developed in partnership between ECO Canada and the Aboriginal Human Resource Council. BHEAR is dedicated in increasing Indigenous employment in the environment sector. Traditional Dene environmental stewardship is a major component of the program. Upon completion of 5 courses, students earn a Certificate of Applied Environmental Techniques.

Program Outline Includes:

  • Planning and conducting site visits
  • Gathering local and traditional knowledge
  • Collecting and evaluating data
  • Learning about basic approaches to contaminated site management
  • Navigating with maps, compasses, and handheld GPS
  • Proper field note techniques
  • Trip planning and equipment organization
  • Land skills and survival experiences
  • Traditional knowledge and navigation
  • Camera use and operation

BHEAR Courses Include:

  • Environmental Core
  • Environmental Monitoring Research
  • Environmental Monitoring Regulatory
  • Environmental Site Assessment Assistant
  • Contaminated Sites Remediation Coordinator

Students also earn certificates in the following safety courses:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Pleasure Craft Operation Certificate
  • Predator Defense & Shot Gun Handling
  • Canadian Firearms Safety
  • Fire Extinguisher Operations
  • Spill Response Level I & II
  • WHMIS & Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Asbestos Hazard
  • H2S Awareness

Program Requirements:

  • Minimum of grade eight or equivalent math, science and literacy skills
  • Must be a permanent NWT resident
  • Ages 18 and over
  • Priority given to Yellowknives Dene First Nation members

Application Requirements:

Strict class attendance and absence policy.

Please contact Eileen B. Betsina, Training Coordinator/Instructor at 873-9037 ext. 1017 or eileenb@ykdene.com for more information.