Bringing It Home

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Bringing It Home is a national initiative working to foster community-centered ‘Healthy Energy Living’ enabling environments that engrain energy efficiency for new and retrofitted homes and facilities, now and for future generations. This enabling environment focuses on strengthening capacity across six key domains: Governance & Leadership, Asset Management, Maintenance, Skills, Design & Construction, and Financing.

By building capacity across the enabling environment,
Indigenous communities will leverage the synergy
between clean energy and sustainable investment
to ensure that homes:

a) last longer
b) are more durable and healthier
c) are cheaper to operate over the short and longer-term.

Bringing It Home will develop tools and resources
(videos, worksheets, case studies, etc.), national
financing solutions, and hands-on training to
support Indigenous communities in fostering
enabling environments and implementing energy
efficiency projects.

Guide Communities

The initiative is working with 6 Guide Communities to steer the work, demonstrate how the enabling environment works in practice, and share their learnings with other Indigenous communities across Canada. The Guide Communities include Heiltsuk First Nation (BC), Fishing Lake Métis Settlement(AB), Île-à-la-Crosse (SK), Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek (ON), Red Rock Indian Band (ON), and the Hamlet of Kugaaruk (NU).


Each Guide Community will develop its own strategic action plan for building its capacity
across the enabling environment. Specific actions will vary by community but may include:

  • Developing locally relevant high-performance building standards;
  • Training for community construction teams;
    Homeowner education and support; and
  • Implementing an asset management and
    maintenance plan.

Guide Communities will become mentors for other Indigenous communities looking to engrain energy efficiency in their housing and infrastructure efforts.