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, the Government of Canada 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.

Climate change programs

Exchange on climate change in Tuktoyaktuk: video

Watch the video about the exchange between Minister Vandal and representatives from Tuktoyaktuk which took place in July 2020.

Exchange on climate change in Tuktoyaktuk

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