The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) developed and hosted a climate change risk assessment workshop in 2009 to build capacity for First Nation communities. The workshop was designed to provide an overview of climate change impacts and opportunities and to engage participants in discussing adaptation options for local and regional climate change issues. CIER plans to continue hosting these kinds of workshops in the future.
Many of Canada’s First Nation populations live in regions that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as the north, the boreal forest, coastal areas, and along lakes. To help First Nation peoples adapt to climate change, CIER works to assess the impacts of climate change on First Nation peoples and their lands, waters, and rights; identify economic, environmental, social, and cultural solutions to adapt to climate change; provide information to empower First Nations to plan how to respond to the impacts of climate change; and educate other Canadians about the effects climate change will have on First Nations.
In Canada, First Nations are sometimes the people that are the least informed about the potential impacts of climate change and corresponding adaptation strategies due to lack of information access; in contrast, they may be some of the first to feels some of the adverse effects climate change could present. To overcome this obstacle, CIER held a climate change workshop to introduce First Nations peoples to climate change related issues.
In 2009, CIER held a two day climate change workshop for First Nations in Winnipeg, Canada. The goal of the workshop was to provide an overview of climate change issues; explore the impacts climate change could pose on a local, regional and global scale; assess adaptation efforts by other groups; review renewable energy and energy efficiency options; and help First Nations design a community action plan for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Conference participants included representatives from First Nations communities, government, and NGOs. The conference was designed to allow participants to share and exchange adaptation ideas, attain climate-related information, and identify resources for additional information and support for climate change initiatives.
The two day workshop was held in the CIER Winnipeg office. CIER intends to hold follow-up workshops to build upon this foundation. The CIER website also has multiple resources to help First Nations prepare for and adapt to climate change.
Feifel, K. (2010). Climate Change Risk Assessment Training Workshop for Nunavut Communities [Case study on a project of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources]. Product of EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation Program. Retrieved from http://www.cakex.org/case-studies/climate-change-risk-assessment-traini… (Last updated May 2010)