Climate change in Indigenous and Northern communities

Indigenous and northern communities face many challenges including managing the impacts of a changing climate, including impacts on health, 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 vulnerable 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 worked with Indigenous and northern communities through climate change programs to address both short-term and long-term climate change adaptation and energy-related issues.

New climate change programs

  1. Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program
  2. Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity Program
  3. Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program
  4. First Nation Adapt Program
  5. Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

Past climate change programs

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