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Empowering Communities with alternative economic models to drive conservation and sustainability.
CONTRIBUTING TO CLIMATE ACTION
The Indigenous Bioeconomy empowers Communities with alternatives to the dominant extractive economic models.
Indigenous bioeconomy is the economic systems of Indigenous Communities that are based on the sustainable use of their natural resources, including their lands, waters, plants, and animals.
It is a way for indigenous Communities to maintain their cultural identity and livelihoods, while also preserving their unique ecosystems and biodiversity.
This type of bioeconomy prioritizes community well-being and recognizes the interconnectedness of cultural, social, and ecological systems. It often involves traditional practices such as hunting, fishing, and gathering, as well as sustainable agriculture, forestry, and conservation efforts.
Biomass innovations are a sustainable alternative to carbon-intensive products and an exciting new frontier for Ontario’s forest sector.
There is an opportunity to create energy self-sufficiency and supply chains within Indigenous communities.
The focus of the forestry bioeconomy is to balance economic development and environmental protection, and to ensure that forests provide multiple benefits to Communities, including traditional practices, carbon sequestration, and habitat for wildlife.
Indigenous forestry bioeconomy requires the use of sustainable forest management practices that conserve forest biodiversity, soil health, and water resources, and protect against forest degradation and deforestation. It also involves the development of innovative technologies and products that use wood and other forest materials, and the creation of new value chains and markets for these products.
The forestry bioeconomy has the potential to provide a source of renewable energy, create new economic opportunities, and contribute to the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.
An Indigenous non-profit focused on housing supply chain.
By bringing together First Nations communities, Indigenous and Non-indigenous entrepreneurs, and Strategic Partners; One Bowl is building a housing supply chain that will stimulate economic participation, education & employment to create health and self-sufficiency within Northern Ontario First Nations communities.
As part of a pilot program Wahkohtowin partnered with Boréal Homes to actively redefine Indigenous housing from being adequate to equitable. With ongoing efforts to secure funding, Community participation, and additional opportunities to advance our sovereignty. We'd love to hear from you.
In August 2021, Wahkohtowin opened the doors to its Innovation Centre, a gathering place where the Communities of Northeast Superior can work collaboratively on economic development and cultural revitalization initiatives.
Today, the Innovation Centre is welcoming the public, Communities, partners, and allies to come and learn about sustainable forestry management and how to participate as Indigenous and Non-Indigenous, people and businesses together.
We support sustainability within our Communities.
Working with our Communities as well as partners we identify opportunities to pursue alternative approaches through projects. These projects focus on Community efforts to promote the responsible and efficient use of natural resources while creating economic growth, providing new jobs and income, and reducing environmental impact.
As part of a pilot program IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) supported Wahkohtowin's Communities in developing a solar thermal system in three locations opening the door to exploring the applications of these kinds of systems more broadly.
As we move toward a sustainable way of living in harmony with nature and natural systems, the emerging Bioeconomy is being seen as a viable way to get there.
We've here to support our Communities in understanding the Bioeconomy and the opportunities that are available to them.
Through lands-based learning opportunities.
Skill development & participation in the Bioeconomy.
We've compiled useful resources for Communities looking to participate in the bioeconomy, including a list of Funding Sources for Community Energy Projects. Our place within the bioeconomy is through Indigenous participation, which starts with us and innovation.
WE ARE WAHKOHTOWIN
and Lands have stories to tell
We have been stewards of our lands and waters for thousands of years. Today, we find richness and vibrance through innovation for a conservation economy, the revitalization of our culture and practices, and rekindling our relationship with our Land.
Join our conversation, and share in our collaborative approach to ensure sustainability and harmony within our lands, our people, and our livelihoods for future generations.
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