“Indigenous People feel the impact of climate change more than anyone else,” and that“Indigenous people will be included in the federal government’s discussions with provinces on climate change and carbon-pricing.”
- unstable and unsafe winter iceroads
- higher food costs and food security challenges
- species on the move making traditional hunting, trapping, fishing and harvesting much more challenging
- lowland flooding
- changing ice conditions and changing permafrost conditions
- warming forests and peatlands becoming tinder boxes for vast new fire risks
- carbon feedback loops where where hot and dry conditions in the north warm the forests and peatlands and unleash carbon and methane that has been trapped for thousands of years
- invasive species, including insects that threaten forests and aquatic species that threaten fisheries
- human resource issues for fielding first-responders to deal with with a range of natural and infrastructure emergencies, from forest fires to floods to oil spills during major climatic events
- health care issues where medical care, medical supplies and food supplies get blocked by winter ice road availability or other climatic transportation threats
- community wellbeing and mental health issues that result from so many uncertainties that come with climate change impacts - reliable sources of food, energy, transportation, health care, etc.
We are Stewardship Warriors
In the face of climate change, Indigenous peoples in Canada have emerged as Stewardship Warriors.
- In the north, our people are the stewards of the boreal forest and the the massive Ontario peatlands that, according to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, store fully one-third of the carbon sequestered in Ontario
- Across Canada our people are the first responders to deal with the dangers of forest fires and peatlands fires, and to deal with floods and other weather disasters
- Across Canada, we are responsible for managing the integrity of the lands and waters in our traditional territories, but we have to deal with so many new climate change challenges - for example, the invasive species and insects that find new climate conditions nice, but destroy our forests and create new sources of dead trees for forest fires
It is abundantly clear that Indigenous people in Canada are on the frontlines of climate change. But what are we as Indigenous peoples to do?
- Indigenous land, forest and water stewardship expertise,
- clean energy and clean technology expertise,
- climate change adapation expertise, and
- social enterprise expertise,
- spotlight the intersections between climate change and treaty relationships,
- support Indigenous communities in their territorial climate action,
- enable communities to prepare for and engage in Cap and Trade markets with Indigenous Offsets,,
- strengthening biodiversity and resilience, and
- build new research, applied research and partnerships for green infrastructure, clean energy and clean technology investments.
- Ontario shutting down the coal burning, polluting, generating stations
- Provincial and federal investments and programs to support solar and wind projects that build Indigenous partnerships, and promising that Indigenous nations will share in natural resource revenues
- Federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna has made some important things happen for First Nations - including getting critical "Indigenous peoples" language in the Paris Agreement - through tremendous personal effort
But Ottawa-centric, Vancouver-centric, or Toronto-centric polices and programs that might make sense in the cities, don't always make sense for our peoples. Tackling climate change requires an indigenous-lens; the perspective and knowledge of the people on the frontlines. Canada needs our help to deal with climate change impacts, green energy and clean tech initiatives, and adaptation and reslience across the vast territories of land in which we are THE Stewardship Warriors. An Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Centre of Excellence will support our work and achievements.
Anwaatin is an Indigenous business working with Indigenous communities in linked Cap and Trade markets that include Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and California. Anwaatin was founded by Larry Sault, former Grand Chief of the Iroquios and Allied Indians, and former Vice President, Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO) Aboriginal Services with oversight of seven regional offices, budgets, staff and a mandate of assisting First Nations across Canada in developmental stages of growth within their communities. Larry provided a Keynote Address to the Opening of the Climate Summit of the Americas, July 2015. Anwaatin means "calm weather" or "calm climate". Anwaatin focuses on:
- Territorial climate action,
- Readiness for emerging Cap and Trade markets,
- Strengthening biodiversity and resilience in the face of climate change,
- Partnerships to create Indigenous carbon offsets to sell competitively on Cap and Trade markets,
- Low-carbon Indigenous energy generation and energy efficiency projects, including Aboriginal Community Energy Plans
Anwaatin is based on this premise:
“Two pathways – fighting climate change and revitalizing treaty relationships – are now coming together. And that’s a good thing for everybody. When you’re battling climate change, you need warriors. We are those warriors. Our weapons are not guns. We’re armed with wisdom and love for the natural world. We are Stewardship Warriors.”
About Shared Value Solutions:
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We are an Ontario B Corp and we bring the best engineering, design, environment, architecture and other technical discipline expertise to address your challenges and opportunities:
- Strategic Environmental Assessment guidance, coordination and support
- Collaborative land and resource use planning and management- process design and delivery
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge Studies & Traditional Knowledge Studies
- Traditional Land Use Studies (TLUS)/ Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Mapping
- Certified BEAHR Training for Aboriginal Environmental Monitors
- Design and delivery of programs promoting/supporting positive behaviour change- environmental stewardship, community-based social marketing, health/environmental health promotion, Aboriginal community energy plan initiatives
- Contributing human environment considerations to technical assessments and management plans in sectors such as water resources, remediation, land use, mining, oil & gas, linear corridor development, forestry, renewable energy, nuclear waste, contaminated sites, brownfield redevelopment, watershed planning, drought planning, water use planning, waste management and waste diversion
- Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships working with First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities
- Value Engineering & Value Analysis: we facilitate project teams to optimize a project by understanding functions, objectives, costs and social, cultural and environmental considerations.
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