Indigenous Climate


climate change adaptation

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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 (depending on the region).

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.

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 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.

Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Gathering Documentary

“A Different Type of Gathering: We Are One. Hishuk’ish Tsawalk – Everything is One.”

Indigenous climate change leaders, thoughts and world view 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.

Archie LittleCouncillor, Nuchatlaht First Nation

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.

Marc Biagi Fish and Wildlife Operations Manager, Kitsumkalum First Nation, BC

What us humans are doing is devastating to the Earth.

Babs StevensChief Administrative Officer, Skidegate Band Council, Haida Gwaii

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.

Dani Chilton, Conseil de la Nation AtikamekwConseil de la Nation Atikamekw

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

Elmer LickersOntario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

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.

Elder, Bernard NelsonFort Hope First Nation

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.

Michael BensonConfederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

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

Richard BruyèreDirector, Department of Public Works, Saugeen First Nation MB

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

Arabelle Sauvé Environmental Technologist, Kahnawake Environmental Protection Office, QCEnvironmental Technologist, Kahnawake Environmental Protection Office, QC

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.

Mason DucharmeNuchatlaht Band Administrator

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!

Randy Angus, DirectorDirector, Integrated Resource Management, Mi’kmag Confederacy, PEI

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.