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Exploring Theme: "Indigenous Solutions: Climate Change"

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February 7, 2024

Yukoners head home after ‘transformational’ Indigenous exchange in New Zealand

Māori groups ‘were able to teach us so much,’ said one Yukoner after 3-week visit CBC Indigenous: A group of Indigenous Yukoners say they’ve found their voice, through time spent with a remote Māori community in Aotearoa New Zealand. About 25 Yukon youths and leaders are starting the return journey from a three-week exchange. The group...

January 26, 2024

Two First Nations Take A Significant Step Forward in Managing Their Own Emergencies

January 25, 2024 NationTalk: Missanabie Cree First Nation ISN Maskwa (“MCISNM”) and Kashechewan First Nation (“KFN”) are pleased to announce they have agreed to work in collaboration and utilize each other’s services exclusively during emergencies facing Northern Ontario First Nations. This is a groundbreaking first step in an Indigenous-led approach to First Nations supporting First...

January 8, 2024

Calgary researchers using high-tech drones to map Alberta First Nation

Maps will help Frog Lake First Nation monitor environment and manage wildfire risk, says team NationTalk: CBC News – Researchers and students at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are using sophisticated drones to digitally map Frog Lake First Nation. The nation, about 260 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, has relied on paper and low-resolution digital...

December 4, 2023

First Nations Knowledge Keepers across BC call for urgent climate action to restore balance and reciprocal relationships with Mother Earth ahead of COP28

NationTalk: (Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George BC) As leaders, delegates, and Indigenous peoples from around the world gather for the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in Dubai, First Nations Knowledge Keepers from across BC are sending a strong message: The climate crisis is a symptom of a broader problem rooted in the disconnection of...

November 30, 2023

Indigenous leadership must play a key role in Canada’s climate goals

A new report by Deloitte Canada outlines Indigenous Leaders’ calls to action to corporate Canada, governments and non-government organizations committed to climate action and reconciliation NationTalk: Toronto – There is no net-zero without nature. And there is no nature without reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. This, from a new report by Deloitte Canada that comes on...

November 3, 2023

Cree Nation Government reacts to Hydro-Québec’s Action Plan 2035 – Towards a Decarbonized and Prosperous Québec

NationTalk: NEMASKA, EEYOU ISTCHEE – In line with the collective worldwide energy transition initiatives necessary to achieve decarbonization targets in the face of increasing climate change effects, Hydro-Québec is presenting its Action Plan 2035 – Towards a Decarbonized and Prosperous Québec. A main highlight of Hydro-Québec’s Action Plan is to facilitate the financial and economic...

October 31, 2023

A coastal First Nation’s Guardians are ‘testing the water’ to prepare for climate change 

We Wai Kai Guardians are partnering with Quadra Island volunteer groups to do a critical survey of wetlands to protect water as droughts increase with climate change, says Guardians manager Shane Pollard. Photo Rochelle Baker / Canada’s National Observer Listen to article Canada’s National Observer: A coastal First Nation’s Guardian team is gearing up to test...

August 30, 2023

A snapping success: Akwesasne celebrates its first incubated turtle hatchlings

11 baby turtles were released back into the territory during community event CBC News: Concerned about the decline in the snapping turtle population, staff at the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne have been taking “spe-shell” care of turtles and their eggs.  “There’s certain places that have turtles that people see most years, and people notice when turtles...

August 22, 2023

In the midst of a destructive wildfire season, Sinixt experts point to the benefits of cultural burns

Knowledge-keepers say it’s time to end the colonial legacy of fire suppression: ‘Our wisdom and how we took care of the land has been disregarded’ A wildfire sweeps through a mountainside in the Kootenay River watershed in August 2023. Photo by Mike Graeme.  APTN news: IndigNews – With destructive wildfires impacting communities across Turtle Island,...

August 15, 2023

Qikiqtani Inuit Association Applauds the Inuit Circumpolar Council Greenland for winning the UN Development Programme’s 2023 Equator Prize

NationTalk: Iqaluit, Nunavut – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) proudly extends its heartfelt congratulations to the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Greenland for receiving the UNDP’s 2023 Equator Prize for its work to advance an expansive, Inuit-led protected area in Pikialasorsuaq or the “North water Polynya.” This recognition underscores the pivotal role of Inuit-led initiatives in championing conservation,...

July 29, 2023

How Indigenous leaders are teaching youth on reserves to help their communities cope with disasters

The Preparing Our Home program helps young people learn to manage emergencies with communities’ needs in mind Click on the following link to listen to “What on Earth” In the face of Canada’s worst wildfire season on record, a national program that teaches Indigenous youth to become emergency preparedness leaders is more important than...

July 27, 2023

Kahnawà:ke’s bay restoration hailed as an example of Indigenous-led conservation

Kanien’kéha community says environmental racism transformed this island. Now, the community is taking it back CBC News: When Cody Diabo recently learned that the bay restoration project on Kateri Tekakwitha Island was near complete, he took his family for a walk there to see its transformation from a dry, rocky shore into a marsh teeming with...

July 18, 2023

First Nations’ climate lens focuses in on strategy to tackle climate emergency

“It’s a state of emergency. It is. Against our lands, our people, the animals.” — Chief Terry Richardson of Papineau First Nation Lorraine Netro, Vuntut Gwitchin Elder and knowledge keeper In 2019, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in North Yukon inside the Arctic Circle became the first community in Canada to declare a climate emergency....

July 12, 2023

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Adopts Transformative National Climate Strategy

NationTalk: (Halifax, Unceded Mi’kma’ki Territory, NS) – Today, at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly (AGA) taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, First Nations-in-Assembly passed Resolution 31/2023, endorsing the AFN National Climate Strategy and calling for urgent and transformative climate action to address the current climate crisis. Resolution 31/2023, Urgent and Transformative Climate...

June 8, 2023

Ancient Indigenous ‘clam gardens’ could be modern-day climate solution

Click on the following link to listen to the above audio: For close to four millennia, “clam gardens” on beaches on the west coast of B.C. have provided First Nations with a supply of not just clams but other types of seafood. In the aftermath of the brutal 2021 heat dome on the West Coast, there’s...

May 28, 2023

Fighting fire with fire

How a B.C. Indigenous community is reintroducing traditional fire knowledge and practices to manage land vulnerable to wildfires The Globe and Mail: The setting was idyllic: a clearing of tawny grass, ringed by ponderosa pines under a robin’s egg sky. Trucks pulled up, coffee and doughnuts appeared on a tailgate and a dog lolled in...

April 13, 2023

Why is High Park on fire? How Indigenous-led prescribed burns protect the land

Burn to take place Thursday to encourage growth in black oak savannah ecosystem CBC News: High Park is on fire— but it’s all part of the plan.   The City of Toronto will be engaging in prescribed burns, an intentional preservation method, to protect the rare black oak savannah ecosystem within the park. The city, which has...

February 3, 2023

AFN calls for urgent and transformative climate action led by Indigenous Peoples following COP27: UN Climate Change Conference 2022

NationTalk: Assembly of First Nations SUMMARY:   In line with First Nations-in-Assembly resolution: Declaring a First Nations Climate Emergency (AGA 2019), the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) sent a delegation to the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 6 to 20,...

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