Climate change

Indigenous and northern communities face many challenges including managing the impacts of a changing climate, addressing the high and often fluctuating costs of energy, and promoting sustainable development that balances consideration of environmental, social and economic well-being. Indigenous and northern communities in Canada are particularly susceptible to these challenges due to factors such as remoteness and inaccessibility, cold climate, aging and inefficient infrastructure, and reliance on diesel for electricity generation and space heating.

Many Indigenous and northern communities are monitoring and addressing the effects of climate change. They are increasing their resilience and adaptive capacities to the changing climate and are developing and implementing renewable energy projects to reduce their reliance on diesel. Since 2001, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) has been committed to working with Indigenous and northern communities through climate change programs to address both short-term and long-term climate change adaptation and energy-related issues.

INAC is currently engaging with stakeholders to develop new energy and adaptation programs. More information about the new programs will be available in fall 2016.

Past climate change programs

  1. Climate Change Adaptation Program
  2. ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program
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