Hay River Transition Initiative

Getting Together as a Community and Planning our Future

By harnessing the collective genius of our community members and through principles such as reskilling, open space meetings, and relocalization, we will be a more resilient, vibrant and sustainable community.


How can we provide for more of our needs right within our community? By planning for transition, can we create local jobs? Shop in town? Hire locally for services? What goes around comes around, what goes out is gone.


Our grandparents knew how to make things and fix things. They knew that you don’t buy things you can’t afford with credit cards. They survived a depression, a world war, a dust bowl. They knew how to make do, mend and get by. We have forgotten many of our basic skills for living. Transition Initiatives organize events and workshops to teach and share what we know, and what we need to learn. Most of it is really fun!


Having more than one way to take care of something makes us stronger. Having more jobs available locally means we are more resilient to unemployment. Having a back yard garden makes us more resilient to rising food prices. Transition Initiatives strengthen our community by adding flexibility.


We think about where we want to be in the future and start making plans to get there. We connect the dots. We don’t always get where we think we are going… sometimes we get some place better!