Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring: Funded projects, 2019 to 2020

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Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Funding approved for 2019 to 2020
Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation Measuring Water Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, pH and Conductivity in Significant Fish-Bearing Lakes

Funding to support environmental monitors and youth with water quality monitoring in 4 fish-bearing lakes in the territory. In addition, youth will work with Elders to document Indigenous Knowledge related to the effects of water.
Dene Tha' First Nation Bushe River, Chateh and Meander River Dena Tha' First Nation Based Climate Monitoring Program

Funding to support technician training as well as Elder-youth advisory committee sessions in Chateh, Meander River, and Bushe River where members will review scientific and traditional methods to inform climate monitoring and data management activities.
Gift Lake Métis Settlement Gift Lake Métis Settlement Gift Lake Métis Settlement Climate Monitoring Program: How it Affects our Community, Wildlife, Vegetation, and Water Courses

Funding to engage the community and build capacity to monitor medicinal plants, animal habitats, oil field and logging areas, water quality, snow depth, air quality, and weather conditions within the community boundary.
Métis Nation of Alberta Association 6 regions Métis Nation of Alberta Community-Based Climate Monitoring Initiative

Funding to conduct 18 engagement sessions with citizens, youth, and Elders across the province to identify priority climate indicators and traditional land use areas vulnerable to climate change.
Métis Settlements General Council Buffalo Lake, East Prairie, Elizabeth, Fishing Lake, Gift Lake, Kikino, Paddle Prairie and Peavine Métis Settlement Engaging on Climate Funding to build capacity within the Métis Settlements to monitor climate and to host engagement sessions to determine environmental areas of concern and climate indicators

Co-funding to build capacity within the Métis Settlements to monitor climate and to host engagement sessions to determine environmental areas of concern and climate indicators.
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Monitoring the impact of climate change on water vapour, carbon dioxide, and methane fluxes from two eutrophic and culturally significant lakes located on the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Alberta

Funding to monitor the effect of climate change indicators on lake water quality, evaporation, and greenhouse gas emissions over two lakes located on Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation (Lac Ste. Anne and Birch Lake) from fall 2019 to spring 2022.
Atlantic Region
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Program contribution
Dalhousie University (Dr. Eric Oliver, Nunatsiavut beneficiary) Rigolet (Nunatsiavut) Community-Based Observing of Coastal Nunatsiavut Ocean Circulation

Funding to increase the level of ocean monitoring along coastal Nunatsiavut to help understand long-term ocean climate change with a focus on engaging youth.
Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island Lennox Island, Scotchfort, Rocky Point and Morell (Prince Edward Island) Climate Monitoring Project to Assess the Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation to Climate Change

Funding to build capacity within communities to monitor climate variables, seasonal timing of plants and animals, extreme climate events, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and storm surges, while contributing to the University of Prince Edward Island's Climate Diary initiative and climate database.
NunatuKavut Community Council Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Cartwright, Black Tickle, Port Hope Simpson and St. Lewis (Labrador) Driving Climate Knowledge Forward by, and for, NunatuKavut

Funding to monitor sea and freshwater ice, water quality and quantity, invasive aquatic species, and plants of cultural significance to create an integrated body of Indigenous and mainstream scientific knowledge to inform community decision-making.
Qalipu First Nation Bay St-George, Bay of Island and Central Newfoundland Talikiskik? (how is the weather?): Indigenous community-shared climate monitoring in breadth and depth

Funding for the Qalipu First Nation Band to install 3 meteorological stations that will monitor key climate indicators such as temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, wind speed and soil moisture. Other indicators to be monitored are:
  • depth and aerial extent of snow
  • ice development and melt dates
  • water quality and flora establishment
This project is in partnership with the Canadian Forest Service.
Queen's University (Dr. Robert Way, Nunatsiavut beneficiary) Postville, Rigolet and Black Tickle (Nunatsiavut) Coastal Labrador Climate and Weather Monitoring Program

Funding to establish a climate and weather monitoring network in coastal Labrador with a focus northern Labrador and Nunatsiavut.
Woodstock Band Council Woodstock First Nation (New Brunswick) Community-Based Water Quality Monitoring within the Wolastoqey Traditional Territory

Funding to monitor water quality and aquatic ecosystem dynamics to address data gaps within the territory, including correlation of this data with publicly available atmospheric data and fisheries information.
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq Annapolis Valley First Nation, Glooscap, Sipekne'katik, Millbrook, Pictou Landing and Fort Folly First Nation, Bear River and Paqtnkek First Nation (Nova-Scotia) Climate Action: Mi'kmaw Climate Monitoring Initiative

Funding to deploy weather station equipment and expand the CoCoRaHS precipitation monitoring network with hired youth climate scientists. Air quality will be monitored through the installation of air quality stations in each community. Climate indicators related to wildlife, vegetation, lands and water will be identified through traditional knowledge interviews and monitoring programs will be developed and implemented.
Nunatsiavut Government Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale, and Nain Nunatsiavut Coastal Community-based Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring

Funding to support monitoring of aquatic invasive species and key climate variables such as ocean temperature, salinity and species distribution.
Nunatsiavut Government Nain Investigating relationships between plastics in ice, snow, and Inuit wild food around Nain, Nunatsiavut

Funding to investigate the relationships between ice, snow, weather, and marine microplastic ingestion by key species caught for food by Inuit in Nunatsiavut (ringed seals, arctic char, Eider ducks).
British Columbia
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Funding approved for 2019 to 2020
Gitanyow Fisheries Authority Gitanyow Nation Monitoring Climate Change Indicators in Glacial and Non-Glacial Streams: Implications for Water Quality, Flows, and Pacific Salmon in the Meziadin Lake Watershed

Funding to monitor water quality and quantity and the influence air temperature, snow pack and glacial run-off in 6 salmon-bearing stream and river drainage catchment areas within the Lake Meziadin watershed.
Métis Provincial Council of British Columbia 37 Métis Chartered Communities Gaining a Métis Perspective on Climate Change in British Columbia

Funding for an engagement initiative to identify key climate indicators within British Columbia and empower community members to share their knowledge and give a voice to Métis concerns across the province.
Ulkatcho Indian Band Ulkatcho First Nation Nkyah Whoghes Tan - Person Who Takes Care of the Land: The Ulkatcho Climate Change Effects on Traditional Species Project

Funding to build capacity within the Ulkatcho First Nation to monitor the effects of climate change on edible plant species of high cultural importance.
Gitksan Watershed Authorities Traditional Territory of the Gitksan Nation Gitksan community-based monitoring of climate factors and water temperatures in the middle and upper Skeena River

Funding to install and maintain a weather station in the upper Skeena River as well as a network of stream stage and temperature loggers within the upper Skeena to capture seasonal and spatial variability in river thermal regimes.
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Program contribution
Black River First Nation Black River First Nation Black River First Nation Climate Change Monitoring Project

Funding to work with high school youth to gather baseline and on-going data in several areas that are affected by climate change and to compare the data to observations by hunters, trappers, Elders, and other community members.
Ebb and Flow First Nation Ebb and Flow First Nation Integrating Traditional and Technical Environmental Knowledge to Increase Educational and Professional Opportunities for Ebb and Flow Youth

Funding to train community youth on monitoring and sampling techniques, environmental data recording and management, mapping tools, and report writing while incorporating the knowledge of Elders and environmental professionals.
Keewatin Tribal Council Bunibonibee Cree Nation, Northlands Dene First Nation and Sayisi Dene First Nation Community-Based Monitoring in Communities Associated with the Keewatin Tribal Council

Funding to monitor the effects of permafrost degradation on community infrastructure such as housing and other facilities as well as to monitor climate change impacts to water, vegetation, wildlife, and community members.
Manitoba Métis Federation Inc 7 regions Manitoba Métis Federation Community-Based Climate Monitoring Project

Funding to hire a Métis Youth Citizen to engage the Métis community on climate change and determine key climate indicators, tools and methodologies through community outreach, surveys, and community meetings.
St. Laurent Community Development Corporation St. Laurent Rural Municipality (Métis community recognized by the Smithsonian Institute) Bringing the Community Together with Monitoring the Climate

Funding to build capacity within two community schools to operate weather stations, collect lake and marsh data, and interview community Elders to learn about past climate conditions.
Northwest Territories
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Program contribution
Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Society Inuvik, Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic, Tuktoyaktuk, Fort McPherson, and Old Crow (Yukon Territory) Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Society: Community-Based Ecological Monitoring Program

Funding to document local ecological and Indigenous Knowledge related to extreme weather events, caribou abundance and body condition, and other climate indicators and to share that knowledge for co-management of local natural resources.
Northwest Territory Métis Nation Hay River, Fort Smith and Fort Resolution Northwest Territory Métis Nation Elders-Youth: Learning from the Land and Waters

Funding for Elders and youth to learn from the land and waters through discussing, observing, and documenting a range of key climate indicators from a science and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge perspective.
Olokhaktomiut Hunter's and Trapper's Committee Ulukhaktok (Inuvialuit Settlement Region) Enhancing Community Capacity to Detect and Respond to Changes in Muskox and Caribou Health

Funding to build capacity in Ulukhaktok to monitor the health of the harvested muskox and caribou populations which are being impacted by climate change due to increased environmental stress and emergence or increased occurrence of diseases.
Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation Tuktoyaktuk (Inuvialuit Settlement Region) Tuktoyaktuk Community Climate Resilience Project

Funding to develop a locally-managed program to monitor climate change impacts in Tuktoyaktuk and in areas used by the Inuvialuit for traditional activities. In addition, the program will document local issues like erosion, extreme weather, and flooding events.
Kátå’odeeche First Nation Kátå’odeeche Fırst Natıon, Hay River Watching the Land: Knowing the Impacts of Climate Change

Funding to build technical and research/monitoring capacity specific to climate monitoring research as well as help fund a climate monitoring component to the Nahendeh Kehotsendı̨ program.
Dehcho First Nations Sambaa K’e (previously Trout Lake), Jean Marie River, Fort Simpson, Wrigley, Kakisa, West Point Addressing Climate Change Concerns of Indigenous Communities in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories

Funding to identify climate related monitoring activities in the Dehcho region, conduct Traditional Knowledge interviews and implement an automated water quality and weather monitoring program. This project will allow for the enhancement of protocols and practices for comparing Traditional Knowledge observations to climate.
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation - Joint Secretariat Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk and Sachs Harbour Inuvialuit Settlement Region-Community Based Monitoring Program (ISR-CBMP): Munaqsi

Funding to monitor climate-related changes to winter travel routes, communicate the associated risks to community members, and to develop community specific travel safety plans.
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation - Inuvialuit Lands Administration Aklavik, Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk Inuvialuit Environmental Monitor Capacity Development for Permafrost and Geohazard Monitoring in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Funding to support training and engagement of Inuvialuit environmental monitors in permafrost related projects.
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Program contribution
Aqqiumavvik Society Arviat Sustainable Climate Monitoring and Management Planning for Arviat

Funding to monitor the impacts of climate change on the health of caribou and seal populations using scientific methods and Inuit knowledge in order to build community capacity around safe and sustainable harvesting.
Qikiqtani Inuit Association Pond Inlet Community‐Based Monitoring of Marine Mammal Health and Distribution within Tasiujaq

Funding to establish a long‐term community‐based monitoring program in Pond Inlet and the marine regions of Tasiujaq (Eclipse Sound) with a focus on ecosystem and marine mammal health.
Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Kugaaruk Kitikmeot caribou Inuit qaujimajatuqangit: developing an Inuit-led monitoring program

Funding to develop a regional Inuit-led monitoring program that will track the impacts of climate change on caribou in the Kitikmeot.
Kivalliq Wildlife Board Rankin Inlet Climate, Wildlife and People: Terrestrial and Marine Monitoring Promoting Adaptation and Food Security in Kangigliniq

Funding to develop local capacity to research and analyze the connections between climate, vegetation, and caribou, as well as climate, water conditions and the marine food chain.
Hamlet of Coral Harbour Coral Harbour Nunavummiut Polar Bear Surveys on Southampton Island: Toward Nunavummiut inclusive Polar Bear Monitoring and Arctic Climate Change Impact Assessment

Funding to develop local research capacity by collecting polar bear scat, urine, and hair samples from maternal dens on Southampton Island to determine the species' health, distribution and population dynamics and investigate linkage to climate change.
Kivalliq Inuit Association Baker Lake Water monitoring by community members around Baker Lake

Funding to support community members to observe water quality and quantity, to conduct on-the-land interviews with community Elders and Knowledge Holders, and to engage community members and youth through annual open houses, community workshops, and youth cultural/science camps.
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Program contribution
Beausoleil First Nation Beausoleil First Nation Agaaming ~ Across the Bay: Beausoleil First Nation Wind and Water Monitoring Project

Funding to build capacity within the community to monitor climate variables, water quality and quantity, shoreline erosion, and freshwater ice to improve stewardship of the land and resilience.
Magnetawan First Nation Magnetawan First Nation Integrating Traditional Knowledge and Science to Monitor the Implications of Climate Change on Culturally Significant and At-Risk Ecology of Indigenous Lands

Funding to co-develop a comprehensive climate change monitoring program that integrates Traditional Ecological Knowledge and science with a focus on species at risk and culturally significant ecology.
Métis Nation of Ontario 9 regions Métis Nation of Ontario Community-Based Climate Monitoring Project

Funding to engage with Métis communities in Ontario in order to better understand what climate indicators are most suited to future community-based climate monitoring projects.
Temagami First Nation Temagami First Nation ÉBuilding Bridges between Climate Data Obtained through Traditional Anishinaabek Monitoring and Current Scientific Climate Monitoring Systems on Lake Temagami

Funding to monitor climate variables and wildlife using traditional and scientific techniques to better understand how climate change is affecting traditional lands.
Alderville First Nation Alderville First Nation Alderville Black Oak Savanna Climate Monitoring Initiative: Climate Monitoring Informed by Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Field Observations, Automated Data Collection and Community Engagement

Funding to support:
  • tallgrass and savanna data collection, field observations and monitoring
  • stream, shoreline, water health data collection, field observations and monitoring
  • holistic environmental outreach, coordination and interpretation
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Program contribution
Conseil des Innus de Pessamit Pessamit First Nation Implementation of a Climate Monitoring and Climate Change-Related Ecological Knowledge Development Program

Funding to build local capacity to monitor coastal hazards such as erosion, flooding, landslides, sea level changes, storm surges as well as wildlife and berries of cultural significance and snowpack.
Cree Nation Government Cree Nations of Mistissini, Nemaska, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi, Washaw-Sibi, Waskaganish, Whapmagoostui, Ouje-Bougoumou, and Waswanipi (Eeyou Itschee James Bay Territory) Eeyou Istchee Community-Based Sea Ice and Freshwater Ice Monitoring Program

Funding to develop a long-term community-based monitoring network for sea ice and freshwater ice to enhance community adaptive capacity in maintaining safe travel to conduct traditional activities such as hunting, trapping, fishing, and gathering.
Kativik Regional Government (in partnership with Institut national de la recherche scientifique : Centre Eau Terre Environnement) Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq (Nunavik) Trail Monitoring in Salluit, Deception Bay, and Kangiqsujuaq

Funding to support daily monitoring of weather conditions at remote locations on the traditional trails, recurrent monitoring of the trails by intergenerational teams, and the continuation of sea ice monitoring.
Makivik Corporation: Nunavik Research Centre Kuujjuaq (Nunavik) Community-Based Monitoring of Arctic Charr from the Nepihjee River System, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik

Funding to expand the annual Nepihjee River arctic char monitoring program, which is led by the Nunavik Research Centre, to include climate change indicators such as water quality and quantity.
Northern Village of Kangiqsualujjuaq (in partnership with Qiniqtiq Landholding Corporation of Kangiqsualujjuaq) Kangiqsualujjuaq (Nunavik) Environmental Stewardship of Climate Change Effects in the George River Watershed, Nunavik

Funding to build the community's capacity to monitor the effects of climate change in the George River watershed through indicators related to climate, land, water, wildlife, and vegetation, including interactive mapping of land use and local knowledge.
Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board Tasiujaq, Inukjuak, Kangiqsujuaq, and Kuujjuaq Coordinator for ᓇᑦᓯᖅ – Natsiq – Ringed seal Monitoring Program in Nunavik

Funding to hire a youth to be a coordinator for the Nunavik Ringed Seal Monitoring program recently launched by the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board.
Makivik Corporation Akulivik, Aupaluk, Inukjuak, Ivujivik, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangiqsujuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Kuujjuarapik, Puvirnituq, Quaqtaq, Salluit, Tasiujaq, Umiujaq Nunavik Environmental and Climate Change Monitoring with Uumajuit Wardens/Inuit Guardians

Funding to enable the Uumajuit Wardens to monitor water- and ice-related indicators and changes in marine and wildlife species across Nunavik in collaboration with the Nunavik Research Centre.
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Program contribution
Métis Nation of Saskatchewan 12 regions Métis Nation of Saskatchewan Community-Based Climate Monitoring Initiative

Funding to use Traditional Knowledge of Métis citizens to identify and monitor environmental indicators on Traditional Land Use Areas as well as compile and analyze existing datasets related to river discharge, air temperature, forest fires, ice break-up, and snow thickness.
Okanese First Nation Okanese First Nation Kikawinaw Askiy: Reconciling with Indigenous Sacred Ecology

Co-funding with the First Nation Adapt Program to purchase, install, and maintain four weather stations as well as to build community capacity to monitor water quality and quantity, grass wildfires, and snow cover.
Star Blanket Cree Nation Star Blanket Cree Nation Star Blanket Cree Nation Community Mission Lake Observatory

Funding to develop a youth-led climate monitoring program to collect Indigenous Knowledge evidences of climatic and environmental changes related to water quantity, quality, and seasonality on the reserve lands and traditional territory.
Wicehtowak Limnos Consulting Services Ltd. (owned by George Gordon First Nation) George Gordon First Nation George Gordon First Nation Climate Observatory

Funding to install and maintain a weather station and a hydrologic station as well as to monitor vegetation and wildlife using traditional indicators and instrumental data with a strong focus on youth engagement.
Partner (funding recipient) Communities Project title and description Program contribution
Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Carcross Tagish First Nation Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Carcross Tagish First Nation Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Carcross Tagish First Nation Community-Based Climate Monitoring and Research

Funding to establish a community-led climate change research, analysis, and monitoring program including Elder and Indigenous Knowledge perspectives as well as youth mentorship opportunities.
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