The environment department and two Indigenous women delegates participated virtually in the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Conference of Parties (COP)56, held from March 21to April 4, 2022. IPCC COP56 is a United Nations gathering of 195 member governments of the IPCC. The goal was to come to a consensus on the Summary for Policymakers Working Group 3 report entitled Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change, which was approved on April 4. The key highlight of the report was that without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all economic sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5 Celsius is beyond reach.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada launched the Water Carriers website on March 22, 2022, on World Water Day to celebrate Indigenous women’s role in protecting our water. The website illustrates the holistic worldview of Indigenous women’s relationship with water through sharing, storytelling, and art. Its purpose is to help bring a greater understanding on how freshwater issues affect Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people and their communities.