Food Insecurity: Background Content

First Nations Reports


October 21, 2020


AB, BC, Fed. Govt., MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT

My Fear is Losing Everything

“MY FEAR IS LOSING EVERYTHING” THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND FIRST NATIONS’ RIGHT TO FOOD IN CANADA. Human Rights Watch

The Narwhal – The report details how longer and more intense forest fire seasons, permafrost degradation, volatile weather patterns and increased levels of precipitation are all affecting wildlife habitat and, in turn, harvesting efforts.

The report also outlines how there are more hunting and foraging risks due to warming temperatures. For instance, it’s harder — and sometimes impossible — to hunt caribou because the ice and permafrost they travel on isn’t stable enough for hunters. “Climate change threatens to decimate these food systems, risking further serious consequences for livelihoods and health,” the report states.

The report identifies 38 recommendations:

  • To Government of Canada (10)
  • To Environment and Climate Change Canada (6)
  • To Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (9)
  • To Health Canada (4)
  • To Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (1)
  • To Provincial and Territorial Governments (4)
  • To the Government of the Yukon (1)
  • To the Government of Ontario (1)
  • To the British Columbia Government (2)

https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/10/canada1020_web_1.pdf


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