INDIGENOUS CLIMATE ACTION TOOLKITCategory: 2017, Climate, Community Grant, Current, Grant
T’sou-ke First Nation
Indigenous peoples experience and knowledge offer tremendous value necessary to mitigate and address climate change in the province. The Paris Agreement clearly recognizes a ”need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and Indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change, and…the exchange of experiences and sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner.”
As an Indigenous-led organization we are modeling the way for Indigenous leadership on climate. Indigenous Climate Action(ICA) is the only organization that prioritizes the use of existing Indigenous knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of Indigenous communities in the development of local solutions to reducing and mitigating impacts of climate change.
Long term success for us is seeing climate change meaningfully addressed and communities in Alberta afforded a just future. This will come through a transformation of the process of climate policy development that integrates Indigenous language and worldview in examining climate impacts and solutions.
Indigenous people in Alberta have retained intimate knowledge, fostered over millenias, of the local biosphere that will be critical in developing monitoring, mapping and understanding of best practices for long term climate change solutions. Creating an Indigenous-worldview climate change toolkit is a necessary step to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous land defenders, water protectors and community leaders; while also creating content to inform the broader public and decision makers working on climate change issues.
For this specific project, ICA will incorporate local Indigenous knowledge into a climate change toolkit, while expanding their supporters and participants in ICA to champion Indigenous rights and worldview in future climate solutions.