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Climate Change Research Project

Climate change is a phenomenon that impacts every living being on earth. According to the Guide on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples, First Nations have contributed the least to climate change but have been identified to be the most impacted. 

Pursuant to NAN Chiefs Resolution 10/08 (Support for Climate Change Research Project), NAN lands and resources has been overseeing a research with a PhD student in the Lakehead University Natural Resource Management Program in accordance with a Contract Respecting Collaborative Research which is interpreted and implemented in accordance with Article 31(1) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The purpose of the research entitled “Boreal Forest Management in a Carbon Constrained World: Ontario’s Institutional Approaches to Address Climate Change and First Nation Engagement” is to examine the potential impact of climate change on First Nations in NAN and the evolving government policies that are being developed to address it. 

The objectives cover climate change mitigation potential and community climate change awareness. Other objectives are to: 

  1. examine the potential of the boreal forest in the Far North to protect against climate change with the institutional approaches of “utilization” and/or “conservation”;
  2. examine NAN First Nations’ vulnerability to climate change, following up with their ability to conduct risk assessments to address adaptation to and mitigation for climate change;
  3. explore the options for First Nations’ involvement in the decision-making that determines which approach(es) will be used and who will benefit from these approaches;
  4. develop tools to raise awareness inNANcommunities about the development of climate change policy and the role of carbon trading; and
  5. put in place mechanisms for First Nation members to document their knowledge and observations about climate change that will contribute to future assessments of the impacts of climate change. 

The research is expected to conclude in March/April 2012. Stay tuned for further updates. For further information, please contact us.  Click here to email