Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Gatherings

Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Gathering 2019. Sharing the Stories of Our Ancestors and Our Lands.

On March 18-19, 2019, 34 First Nation Climate Change leaders from across Canada came together to share highlights and updates on their community climate change adaptation projects. This year’s event focused on traditional and land based knowledge systems and their integral role in recording  through oral tradition, the impacts of climate change on their traditional lands. The two-day gathering included informative presentations and open-innovation style workshops that provided a rich wealth of knowledge for participants to explore ways to enhance their project outcomes. The workshop modules encompassed diverse Indigenous values and themes generated by the participants similar and had a similar feel to ICCAG 2018 held in Gatineau, Quebec. The event provided many opportunities for participants to network with one another, share ideas, learn about other participant’s projects, and to have meaningful conversations regarding climate change adaptation. The above graphic image offers a glimpse of the event and provides a wonderful knowledge map of what was shared by participants.

Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Gathering 2018. We Gathered. We Shared. We Learned.

On February 13th and 14th 2018, the ICCAG took place in Gatineau, Quebec. The event was attended by 34 First Nation Adapt community participants from across the country. The two-day gathering provided a platform for a national-level dialogue on current project status and identifying better ways to communicate and share knowledge between First Nation Adapt participant communities. Six formal presentations were given by representatives from British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. Numerous regional roundtable community-building discussions took place and were audio and video recorded. The recordings were developed into a 25-minute documentary film. During the regional roundtable discussions, participants discussed many topics of interest associated with climate change and its impacts. Seven themes emerged that include: Improving internal and external communications, Protecting and preserving traditional knowledge and culture, Increase capacity in First Nation communities, Identifying current community infrastructure realities, Community sustainability models, Increase the use of technology in First Nation communities, Increasing education and skills development opportunities.