Laura MacTaggart serves as the Green Initiative Coordinator for the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association (ANFCA). The Green Initiative, which focuses on Indigenous climate leadership, has the unique ability to unify urban Indigenous voices in climate change action and education. Laura holds a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia and has been involved in projects and research related to environmental planning, sustainability in sports and conservation in urban spaces.



Alberta Native Friendship Centres: Spaces for Indigenous Climate Leadership

The ANFCA works within the Friendship Centre movement and has the mission to support the 21 Friendship Centres in Alberta who, through program and service delivery, engage and improve the quality of life of urban Indigenous peoples. This workshop will explore how urban Indigenous peoples fit into the climate crisis and are taking initiative to find environmental solutions in their community. Furthermore, facilitators will guide a discussion on opportunities that exist for stakeholders to get involved with a Friendship Centre in their community.

This workshop is co-hosted with Leonard Auger, Elder and member of the ANFCA.


Look for this workshop in the Friday Morning program at 11:00 am. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!


Explore this environmental solution through the lens of these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

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