Indigenous Climate Adaptation Technical Working Group - Expression of Interest (Now Closed)

Background

Climate change is having an impact on human life, food security, healthy communities, and critical infrastructure both globally, and locally in B.C. Indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by climate change. The unique threats faced by Indigenous communities, whose culture, identity, traditional food and traditional governance are interwoven with their land and water, require explicit consideration and timely planning.

In December 2018, the Province released the CleanBC plan to reduce climate pollution and transition to a clean economy. CleanBC includes a commitment to work in collaboration with Indigenous people to develop a Provincial Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy. The Strategy may result in changes to legislation, regulations, policies and practices to meet the following objectives:

  • Advancing reconciliation by implementing the standards and expectations set out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Actions, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Province’s Draft 10 Principles that Guide the Province of B.C.’s Relationship with Indigenous peoples.
  • Preparing the Province, Indigenous communities, local governments and the public and private sectors for the risks and opportunities of B.C.’s changing climate.
  • Identifying, characterizing, and reducing climate risks.
  • Building a resilient, sustainable economy in B.C. that is actively adapting to climate change.
  • Educating British Columbians to ensure an understanding of the importance of preparing for climate change.
  • Increasing public confidence that the Province is working to manage climate risks and is taking appropriate action.

Consistent with the goals of reconciliation, the Province recognizes the need to engage Indigenous peoples in British Columbia in the development of the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy. The Province acknowledges the need for meaningful involvement of Indigenous peoples in plans, decisions and strategies developed to prepare for the impacts of climate change. To ensure that Indigenous perspectives are meaningfully considered and integrated during the development of the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy, the Province is proposing the formation of an Indigenous Climate Adaptation Technical Working Group.

Mandate

The overall mandate of the Indigenous Climate Adaptation Technical Working Group (Working Group) is to provide technical advice and collaborate on a broad range of matters related to preparing for and adapting to climate change.

While the Working Group will develop their own terms of reference and workplan based on the scope of the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy, it is anticipated that the Working Group may be interested in:

  • Identifying and documenting how various Indigenous communities have prepared for, or are planning to prepare for, climate change.
  • Providing on-going advice on how to incorporate Indigenous views and perspectives into plans, strategies and programs designed to address climate change impacts facing Indigenous communities and ensuring the perspectives of Indigenous elders, women and youth are included. 
  • Advising on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge into the development of the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy, in professional climate adaptation education, and climate risk assessment processes.
  • Providing advice on Indigenous engagement options and strategies related to the development of the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy.
  • Co-drafting the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy sections relating to Indigenous peoples.
  • Helping the Province implement the standards and expectations set out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Actions, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Province’s Draft 10 Principles that Guide the Province of B.C.’s Relationship with Indigenous peoples.

In Spring 2019, the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) began engagement with Indigenous communities on the Provincial Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy through a series of CleanBC regional sessions. The results of this engagement and ongoing engagement on CleanBC and the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy will be provided to the Working Group as it becomes available. This will help ensure the strategy will support communities in preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Working Group Membership and Qualifications

The Working Group will be co-chaired by a member of CAS and a member selected by the group. Members of the Working Group will be comprised of Indigenous people, or non-Indigenous individuals representing Indigenous communities, with relevant professional and personal expertise and experience related to climate change adaptation as set out below.

Selection Process

Eight (8) representatives will be selected following an expression of interest process, with an aim for gender balance, geographic representation and representation from communities. Potential members of the Working Group must demonstrate at least two years of experience with climate adaptation, and have significant knowledge of, or work, academic or lived experience with, at least one or more of the following:

  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Use of Indigenous knowledge together with other forms of evidence, including science, in studies or to inform decision making
  • Indigenous-led climate adaptation and resilience planning initiatives
  • Indigenous-led programs/plans/policies/measures/recommendations to address the impacts of climate variability and change on the natural environment and communities (e.g. wildfire, ecosystem changes, health risks)
  • Best practices for Indigenous participation, collaboration, and partnership

Roles and Responsibilities

Working Group members will be expected to be available and prepared to participate in Working Group meetings. It is anticipated that the Working Group will meet once a month, and will conduct its substantial work between November 2019 and August 2020. Up to three full-day in-person meetings are anticipated to be held in Vancouver beginning with an introductory meeting in November 2019. This will be supplemented with monthly conference calls and webinars. Documents will be distributed one week prior to meetings for review to facilitate discussion. It is expected that Working Group members will spend up to eight hours per month preparing for Working Group meetings.

It is expected that the Working Group will work in a consent-based, collaborative and cooperative manner. However, we also recognize that unanimous agreement may not always be possible. When the Working Group is unable to reach consensus, any non-consensus views will be fully considered and accurately recorded.

CAS will provide secretariat support to the Working Group.

Term of the Working Group

The initial term of the Working Group is expected to be from October 2019 to December 2020. The term may be extended at the direction of the co-chairs.

Remuneration

The expectation is that Working Group members will be provided a remuneration for participation in meetings. It is also expected that they will be reimbursed for transportation, accommodation, meals and out of pocket expenses incurred in the course of their duties as Working Group members. The rate is still to be determined and will be in accordance with the B.C. Government’s Core Policy.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit:

  • Letter of Interest (maximum of two pages), including information on:
    • How you meet the qualifications listed above
    • Why you are interested in being part of the Working Group
    • How you will represent the interests of your community or organization
    • Your relevant background and experience in climate change adaptation and resilience
    • Connections and relationships with Indigenous nations in B.C.
  • Resume, including information on:
    • Relevant experience, expertise and professional credentials.
  • Submit full application (letter of interest and resume) to Amanda Broad at amanda.broad@gov.bc.ca

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee following the close of the call for nominations. The review process will be followed by decisions on which applicants will be appointed as members.

The selection process includes a detailed review of all applications received to ensure that candidates meet the necessary qualifications, and that the Working Group is composed of the appropriate balance and range of expertise.


All applicants will be notified of the results. Applicants selected as members will be contacted by the B.C. Climate Action Secretariat via email following the completion of the selection process to invite them to serve on the Working Group.

Proposed timeline for the selection process:

  • Applications close Monday, November 4, 2019 at 10am
  • All applicants will be notified of the results Friday, November 8, 2019

Contact Information

If you have questions about the working group or the application process, please contact:

Amanda Broad, Senior Policy Analyst
Climate Risk Management
BC Climate Action Secretariat
Phone: 778-698-4994
Email: Amanda.Broad@gov.bc.ca