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Effects of Climate Change on Indigenous Communities

Canadians will be affected to some extent by the impacts associated to climate change such as rising temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns and changes in other weather events.

What is Climate Change Adaptation?

Climate change adaptation is how we respond or prepare for climate change. Adaptation planning enables Indigenous communities to mitigate the impacts of climate change within their communities and traditional lands.

Our Vision

The vision of this website is to provide a platform for Indigenous peoples across Canada to share their climate change experiences and stories. Developed by Indigenous peoples for Indigenous peoples, the Indigenous Climate Hub provides access to climate change resources tools for Indigenous peoples to monitor and adapt to our ever changing climate. The platform also acts as a hub for Indigenous climate change leaders working on similar issues to come together and build from each others knowledge and experiences.

Physical Effects of Climate Change in Indigenous Communities

Canadians will be affected to some extent by the impacts associated with climate change such as rising temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns and changes in other weather events (depending on the region). However, it is expected that Indigenous communities will experience the impacts of climate change in ways that most non-Indigenous Canadians will not, due to a heavy reliance on the environment, their locations, their economic situations. Indigenous peoples in particular, similar to other natural-resource dependent communities around the world, depend on the environment for subsistence, maintenance of culture, and other important aspects of their livelihoods.

Throughout history, Indigenous peoples have maintained a strong connection with the environment; a connection that is integral to the survival of their physical, social, economic, cultural and spiritual ways of life. Due to this historical and cultural connection, climate change effects will disrupt Indigenous people more severely than other citizens.  Although there is much diversity among Indigenous communities in terms of language and culture, there is a fundamental recognition between them of the critical importance of a clean and healthy environment. Since their ways of life are so closely tied to the land, Indigenous peoples must protect it.

Drought and Erosion

Sea Level Rise

Forest Fires

Seasonal Roads

Weather Events

Indigenous climate change leaders on climate change adaptation and monitoring

We can’t destroy watershed and expect the salmon to come back. They’re not going to come back. I speak on behalf of the fish.

Throughout the sessions, there was a desire by First Nations to take charge; to do things on their own. We can do this. We cost a lot less than consultants do because we live on the land and have the traditional knowledge that provides irrefutable evidence that climate change is occurring.

What us humans are doing is devastating to the Earth.

The first thing you have to know is that climate change has no borders. Nor are there provincial or federal jurisdictions. It is a global problem.

We’re all one. We’re all one community. We all have one mandate. We all have one focus: The protection of future generations.

What we’re doing here is like a rainbow across the country. It’s really good that we are working together for our first Mother, Earth.

INAC’s offering of tobacco to the First Nations participants showed taste and cultural relevance. To have a nation-to-nation capacity-building dialogue, those traditions need to be respected.

One of the biggest impacts in our community is land erosion.

I leave here inspired with new ideas. Together we are stronger. Together we are one.

One of the concerns that we face are Tsunamis. We recently had quite the scare. Our warning system depends on Telus and it was down at the time of the last warning. Thirty of us could have died.

We’ve had reports that Lennox Island is going to be washed away. The press are really sensationalizing. That puts a lot of fear into the community. We’re resilient and we’re going to adapt!

How to Share Your Story

There are a number of ways to get involved in the growing movement of Indigenous Climate Leaders. Create a community profile, contribute to the blog, participate in the members-only network, share a tool or resource, update on an upcoming event. Interested in submitting a blog post, see our blog writing guide or contact Okwaho for more support.

We Want to Hear From You

Indigenous peoples are taking steps to respond to the climate crisis with support from a number of federal, provincial/territorial and non-government programs and initiatives. If you have been working on climate change initiatives in your community, we want to hear from you! Consider writing a community profile or a blog post about your work and sharing it with us to help inspire others.

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