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Engaging Indigenous People in Climate change Policy

Indigenous peoples live in close connection with the land therefore, they are more directly affected by environmental changes.

Consequently, climate related disasters hinder their ability to practice their Indigenous rights and alters the transmission of traditional knowledge. Indigenous women, girls, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people are widely acknowledged as uniquely sensitive to the impacts of climate change. Many Indigenous women, girls, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people live in regions that are already experiencing rapid changes in climate and this is exacerbated by legacies of economic, social, and political marginalization.

NWAC’s Engaging Indigenous People in Climate Policy is a five-year project funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada that seeks to identify adaptation and examine the impacts of climate change on Indigenous women, girls, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people.

Contact

Vilbert Vabi
Sr. Policy Advisor - Environment

Cell : 613-355-9254
Email : vvabi@nwac.ca

120 Promnade du Portage Gatineau, Quebec J8x 2K1


Responding to climate change in Indigenous communities

Climate change poses threats and dangers to the survival of Indigenous women, girls, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people, even though indigenous peoples contribute the least to greenhouse emissions. In fact, indigenous peoples are vital to, and active in, the many ecosystems that inhabit their lands and territories and may therefore help enhance the resilience of these ecosystems. In addition, indigenous peoples interpret and react to the impacts of climate change in creative ways, drawing on traditional knowledge and other technologies to find solutions which may help society at large to cope with impending changes. See our newsletters to read more on how Indigenous women, girls, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people are adapting to climate change.

 

Project Goals

The goals of the project are:

  • Understanding the roles Indigenous women, girls, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people’s traditional ecological knowledge.
  • Identify what climate change adaptation strategies Indigenous women, girls, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people are deploying across Canada.

 

Phases

 

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