Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR)

Customizable Environmental Training for Indigenous Communities

Guiding Principles

Our relationship with Indigenous peoples is founded on respect. Respect for their distinct cultures, history, unique relationship to the land and the legal status of Indigenous Peoples. View our Guiding Principles.

What is BEAHR?

BEAHR (Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources) is a collection of customizable environmental training programs for Indigenous Communities that braid Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Western Science.

All BEAHR courses are flexible, hands-on and fully customizable to the needs of your community. They’re designed to

  • Be short-term (2-16 weeks)
  • Include local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Involve hands-on, field-based experience
  • Include Elder and/or Traditional Knowledge Holder participation

Who is BEAHR for?

BEAHR programs are for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada. The programs help communities develop local environmental skills and pursue green careers.

Courses are taught by licensed BEAHR instructors or organizations. Courses are delivered with input from Traditional Knowledge Holders, academic institutions and local industry. They’re fully customizable and can be adapted to meet the needs of local communities of projects.

Find out more

Our BEAHR guide is full of information on the courses available, how to bring training to your community and how to become a licensed BEAHR trainer.

Over 3,600 students from 230 communities across Canada have become BEAHR graduates who are ready to enter the environmental field in an entry-level position.

BEAHR programs are delivered by ECO Canada BEAHR trainers or organizations licensed through us. All trainers and instructors must be evaluated and approved by ECO Canada to deliver BEAHR training.

Looking to hire Indigenous workers? You may qualify for Wage Funding.

Bring BEAHR training to your community

Become a certified BEAHR trainer

See what BEAHR graduates have to say:

The fact that the program was delivered on reserve and taught with ties to our own communities was definitely a positive point. The classes were great. – Nova Scotia Graduate