Climate change is a major issue for First Nations, as it has wide-ranging impacts on their territories, rights and way of life. However, the particular context of First Nations – in terms of governance, economy, infrastructure, activities related to the territory, etc. – means that most solutions developed for non-Indigenous communities can’t be applied to First Nation communities. With the help of its partners, the FNQLSDI works to facilitate climate change adaptation by First Nation communities, by identifying and implementing concrete adaptation solutions which reflect First Nation priorities and values. At the same time, the FNQLSDI works to improve how First Nations issues are integrated in climate policies, while supplying communities with tools to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Some of our achievements include:
- Writing and updating an atlas of climate change impacts on 11 First Nations in Quebec
- Developing a guide for First Nations who want to create their own Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP)
- Collaborating with 7 First Nations in the development of their first CCAP (Akwesasne, Odanak, Opitciwan, Pessamit, Pikogan, Uashat mak Mani-Utenam and Wôlinak)
- Supporting the first implementation phase of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam Innu First Nation’s CCAP
- Organizing the first Forum on Climate Change Adaptation by First Nations in Quebec and Labrador (in collaboration with the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique)
- Publishing a Green Action Plan to promote local actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions