About the project
B.C. Climate Action Secretariat
In response to the unprecedented extreme heat events experienced in B.C. in 2021, the B.C. Climate Action Secretariat commissioned SHIFT Collaborative to design and implement a strategic engagement process to better understand the lived experience of the heat events and wildfire smoke by equity-seeking individuals. Using trauma-informed approaches, the project team designed and facilitated a process that engaged over 100 individuals in the project through four lived experience sharing circles (in person and virtual); a provincial workshop with service providers representing over 40 organizations; two provincial surveys; and service provider interviews. Two final reports were produced to share key findings and recommendations — Lived Experience of Extreme Heat in B.C. and Engaging with Climate Equity in B.C., both of which have been shared widely across the province.