Climate change in Indigenous and Northern communities

Supporting Indigenous climate leadership and co-developing solutions with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples is central to advancing reconciliation and self-determination.

Northern and Indigenous communities are:

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) provides funding to support these activities through 5 programs in support of a low-emissions energy future and focused on building stronger, healthier and more resilient Indigenous communities. Since 2016, CIRNAC funding has supported hundreds of projects in northern and Indigenous communities for initiatives such as monitoring pattern shifts in flora and fauna, assessing the impacts of coastal erosion, permafrost thaw and ice melt and offsetting diesel fuel use with clean energy projects such as wind, biomass and solar.

Services and information

Northern REACHE (Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity) Program

Funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as related capacity building and planning in the North.

Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program

Funding climate change adaptation projects in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut

First Nation Adapt Program

Funding for First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and disaster risk reduction.

Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

Funding to support Indigenous peoples in the design, implementation, or expansion of long-term community-based climate monitoring projects

Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Climate Policy Program

Supports engagement on policy discussions as it related to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

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