Accredited Course

ENRT 110 Intro to Natural Resources
Competency 5 – Sustainable Environment & Land Stewardship
3 credits - 45 hours (includes face-to-face & online portion)
Delivered by: Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Location: Morrice Room at Hilton Lac-Leamy
The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the natural resources sector and current ecology and management issues. It is tailored for all students with an interest in natural resources. The lectures and field labs in the course provide a general overview of how scientific inquiry and knowledge can be integrated with First Nations, economic and cultural values to provide a basis for understanding the natural resource sector. The subject areas will include: forestry, wildland recreation, wildlife, mining, fisheries, rangeland, hydrology, and First Nations traditional ecological knowledge.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to: 
  • define key terminology and concepts for each subject area;
  • describe and identify key specimens from field lab exercises;
  • describe how various ecosystem processes work as presented in lectures;
  • develop an understanding of the role First Nations in the Resource Sector;
  • explain how species diversity and ecosystem functions may be impacted by climate change; and describe and understand the importance of natural resources sustainability.
Face to face:           October 27, 2019
                               8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Online:                    October 27 - November 30, 2019
This course is free of charge for registered conference delegates, and $150 + GST per person for those individuals that would like to just attend the workshop. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of participants is 20.
Note, in order to receive 3 credits, you must complete the online portion of this course.
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Instructor: Jason Johnston, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

PhotoJason Johnston is Ahnishnabae from Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario. He received a diploma in Outdoor Adventure Naturalism from Algonquin College and 2 diplomas in Fish and Wildlife Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Ontario. After moving to BC, Jason received a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Thompson Rivers University, then went on to pursue his graduate degree. In 2018, Jason successfully defended his graduate thesis and received a Master’s of Science in Environmental Science Degree from Thompson Rivers University. Jason has worked for 5 national parks across Canada as an Indigenous Interpreter and visitor experience supervisor, striving to incorporate local Indigenous cultures and histories into their interpretative programming and signage in an inclusive and respectful manner. He has worked as an environmental monitoring technician and wilderness guide across Western Canada, deepening his connection to the natural world. Jason has been working with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology since 2018, delivering a variety of courses to Indigenous students in the Environmental Resource Technician Certificate program. Through his work and education Jason is endeavouring to increase Indigenous representation within the fields of natural resource and protected area management.


Professional Development Workshop

In addition to accredited training, Professional Development training will be taking place at the Cando conference on Sunday, October 27 from 8:30 to 4:30 PM. The training will focus on renewable energy.

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Canadian Minerals Metals Plan
  • Surveyor General Branch – Indigenous Capacity Development
  • Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals
  • Indigenous Forestry and Bioheat Division, Canadian Forest Service
  • Community presentation: Agoke
  • Community presentation: Wikwemikong Unceeded First Nation
  • Community presentation: Ouje-Bougoumou
  • Questions

This workshop is free of charge for registered conference delegates; registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The maximum number of participants is 30.

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Taking the  professional development course satisfies one out of the three criteria required to renew your PAED certification. PAED is valid for a five-year period, therefore, if you have received your PAED Certification more than five years ago, you are up for renewal. For more information about renewing PAED, contact Carmelle Nepoose in Western Canada or Anita Boyle in Eastern Canada.

Carmelle Nepoose, Certification Coordinator - Western Canada or 780-990-0303 x 237

Anita Boyle, Certification Coordinator - Eastern Canada or 506-623-9596