Indigenous communities adapt

Climate adaptation is about how we respond or prepare for both current and future climate changes.

Indigenous peoples have deep relationships and histories with the land and water, and rich knowledge systems that are guiding their work to respond to climate change – from food security challenges, wildfire and flood risk reduction to species protection and energy security.

Indigenous communities have observations of the land going back much farther than written records of weather patterns and climate-related events, giving them insights into these changes and providing principles for good stewardship, adaptation and resilience.

There are many examples of leadership across the province, from Kitsumkalum’s Fish and Wildlife Operations Department working with youth to better understand climate change’s impacts on food security to community-based climate monitoring by Tsay Keh Dene and Carcross Tagish to Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s work to understand their community’s vulnerabilities to climate change and Kanaka Bar Band’s Climate Resilience Strategy. 

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Updates on Indigenous engagement

Videos  

Indigenous Communities Adapt: Preparing for Climate Impacts

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Tools and Data

Reports

  • Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change Coming soon
    Summarizes findings from Indigenous engagement reports produced by Indigenous organizations and the provincial government.
  • BCAFN Climate Emergency 
    Includes climate emergency resources and funding opportunities and links to the Climate Emergency Survey Report the First Nations Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

Youth

Indigenous Advisory Groups

  • Indigenous Climate Adaptation Technical Working Group 
    In 2020, provided technical advice and guidance on a broad range of matters related to the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy
  • BC First Nations Leadership Council Technical Working Group on Climate Change
    Provides strategic advice and reviews progress on climate change actions undertaken by the Province