First Nation Adapt: selected projects, 2019 to 2020

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Atlantic
Partner Community and region Project title and description Program contribution
Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island
  • Lennox Island
  • Abegweit
Adapting the Mi'kmaq Communities of Prince Edward Island to Climate Change Through Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation Planning and Cost-Benefit-Analysis

Funding to:
  • gather climate data
  • create a climate risk prioritization framework
  • conduct a cost-benefit analysis of adaptation options
  • develop emergency management plans
$133,000
Mi’kma’ki All Points Services, New Brunswick Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation A Multi-dimensional Analysis of Topo-bathymetric Lidar Data of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation Lands and Waters, with Focuses on Flood Risk, Habitat Mapping, Near-shore Archaeology and Source Water Quality

Funding to gather data and map areas of concern, including areas of coastal flooding as well as shallow-water habitats and resources that may be impacted by sea level rise and storm surges.
$138,050
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, Nova Scotia
  • Annapolis Valley
  • Glooscap First Nation
  • Bear River
  • Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation
  • SIPEKNE'KATIK
  • Pictou Landing
Climate Analysis and Adaptation

Funding to use technical models in tandem with information from a previously conducted vulnerability and infrastructure assessments and develop an adaptation plan.
$177,788
Lennox Island First Nation Lennox Island First Nation Lennox Island Climate Lens Assessment

Funding to provide a climate lens assessment of existing and proposed wharf infrastructure used by the Lennox Island First Nation fishery.
$24,810
Quebec
Partner Community and region Project title and description Program contribution
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute
  • Algonquins of Barriere Lake
  • Innus of Ekuanitshit
  • Innus of Essipit
  • Mohawks of Kanesatake
  • Anishinabe Nation of Lac Simon
  • Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government
  • Innu Band of Pessamit
  • Council of Atikamekw of Wemotaci
  • Abénakis of Wôlinak First Nation
Housing and Climate Hazards: Vulnerability and Needs of Quebec First Nations

Funding to develop a housing risk assessment tool for First Nation communities and assess housing in communities. Training offered to community staff on how to use the tool.
$127,316
Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation
  • Saint-François river
  • Bécancour river
Risk assessment of the archaeological heritage on the banks of the Alsig8ntekw (Saint-François) and W8linatekw (Bécancour) rivers in the context of climate change

Funding to document sites of archaeological significance along the rivers, document how erosion and flooding will impact the rivers’ banks, and determine how climate change may threaten these heritage sites and formulate remediation recommendations.
$145,831
Council of the Atikamekw Nation
  • Atikamekw of Manawan
  • Council of Atikamekw of Wemotaci
  • Atikamekw of Opitciwan
Adaptation to Climate Change in Atikamekw Communities and Improvement of Emergency Management: Phase 2

Funding to undertake adaptation planning in Atikamekw communities.
$314,000
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute Innu Band of Pessamit Coastal Habitat Protection of Pessamit’s Nitassinan

Funding to evaluate coastal adaptation measures, develop a best practices guidebook and increase community awareness and engagement on climate change issues.
$9,026
Ontario
Partner Community and region Project title and description Program contribution
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation 12 Indigenous organizations, including tribal councils in Ontario Climate Risks and Asset Management Training for Ontario First Nations

Training offered to Ontario First Nation communities on the use of the toolkit.
$249,563
MoCreebec Eeyoud MoCreebec Eeyoud Moose River Vulnerability Assessment, Floodplain Mapping, and Adaptation Planning

Funding for a multi-stage project comprising of risk assessment, floodplain mapping, and adaptation planning to look at community infrastructure vulnerabilities and needs.
$314,750
Matawa First Nations Management Four Rivers Environmental Services Group
  • Webequie
  • Nibinamik First Nation
  • Neskantaga First Nation
  • Martin Falls
  • Eabametoong First Nation
  • Constance Lake
  • Aroland
  • Long Lake No.58 First Nation
  • Ginoogaming First Nation
Matawa Climate Change Assessment, Planning and Adaptation Project

Funding to conduct a multi-phased vulnerability assessment of the impacts associated with climate change on Matawa member First Nations and their associated infrastructure.
$344,442
Kenora Chiefs Advisory
  • Ochiichagwe
    'babigo'ining First Nation
  • Naotkamegwanning
  • Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum
  • Shoal Lake No.40
  • Grassy Narrows First Nation
  • Wabaseemoong Independent Nations
  • Obashkaandagaang
  • Northwest Angle No.33
  • Animakee Wa Zhing #37
First Nations Children and Traditional Knowledge in a Changing Climate

Funding to conduct a climate change risk assessment and further adaptation planning in nine First Nation communities in Ontario. This is being done to achieve better understanding of climate change impacts to community infrastructure through youth and Elder engagement.
$508,360
Eagle Lake First Nation Eagle Lake First Nation Collecting our knowledge about Climate Change

Funding to conduct:
  • a vulnerability assessment using knowledge sharing circles
  • interviews with key elders
  • other youth engagement initiatives to gather and interpret the community’s Indigenous Knowledge on climate change
$99,864
Grand Council Treaty #3 Representative Services Ltd. 28 First Nations in North Western Ontario Watershed Management Planning

Funding to:
  • acquire climate change data to bring to regional watershed management organizations
  • coordinate regional forums to develop watershed management plans
  • develop an interactive watershed map
$60,150
Mitaanjigamiing First Nation Mitaanjigamiing First Nation Flood Vulnerability Study and Adaptation Plan

Funding to conduct a community-based flood vulnerability study and develop adaptation planning measures to create and implement a proactive flood mitigation strategy.
$51,354
Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation Flood Vulnerability Study and Adaptation Plan

Funding to conduct a flood vulnerability study and develop adaptation planning measures to create and implement a proactive flood mitigation strategy.
$68,777
Magnetawan Magnetawan Flood Risk Modelling and Adaptation

Funding to carry out a flood risk modeling and adaptation project to better understand the vulnerability and risk of the Magnetawan community to climate change.
$151,154
Big Grassy First Nation Big Grassy First Nation Big Grassy River First Nation Flood Vulnerability Study and Adaptation Strategy

Funding to conduct a flood vulnerability study and develop adaptation planning measures to create and implement a proactive flood mitigation strategy.
$26,783
Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation Flood Vulnerability Study and Adaptation Plan

Funding to conduct flood vulnerability study and develop adaptation planning measures to create and implement a proactive flood mitigation strategy.
$26,695
Caldwell First Nation Caldwell First Nation Assessing flood risk and modeling of mitigation strategies for development planning

Funding to map and model the flood risk on Caldwell First Nation properties under various climate scenarios to inform future development and land-use planning.
$99,677
Cambium Aboriginal Inc. All First Nation communities in Ontario Floodplain Mapping and Integrated Watershed Management with First Nations in Ontario: A Partnership Approach

Funding to:
  • identify the Indigenous communities within each conservation authority
  • identify opportunities to develop connections between conservation authorities and First Nation communities
  • support a gap analysis to determine where floodplain mapping has been completed, or requires updates, within conservation authorities
$53,044
Alderville First Nation Alderville First Nation Prescribed Burn Adaptation and Management Plan for Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna

Funding to support the development of a prescribed burn adaptation management plan to adapt current burning practices to changing climate conditions.
$84,500
Grand Council Treaty #3 Twelve communities Grand Council Treaty #3 Flood Vulnerability Study

Funding to develop a Flood Vulnerability Study (FVS) for twelve communities. The project will incorporate adaptation activities that will help Grand Council Treaty #3 and their communities to respond to climate change.
$184,328
Mushkegowuk Council
  • Attawapiskat First Nation
  • Chapleau Cree
  • Fort Albany First Nation
  • Kashechewan First Nation
  • Missanabie Cree
  • Moose Cree First Nation
  • Taykwa Tagamou First Nation
Phase 1: Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on the Hydrology of the Hudson and James Bay Lowlands

Funding for a 3-phase project to increase knowledge and understanding of current and future impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Wetlands and the subsequent impacts on the Omushkego People.
$128,656
Manitoba
Partner Community and region Project title and description Program contribution
Long Plain First Nation Long Plain First Nation Comprehensive Overland Drainage Study Proposal On Our First Nation Lands

Funding to conduct a comprehensive overland flooding and drainage study that employs remote sensing tools to identify flood prone areas and to produce a drainage plan.
$94,270
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council
  • Dauphin River
  • Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation
  • Lake Manitoba
  • Little Saskatchewan
  • Peguis
  • Pinaymootang First Nation
Climate Change Study

Funding to complete a risk assessment and adaptation plan to support the development of an emergency management framework to mitigate extreme flooding events within the tribal council’s First Nation communities.
$248,934
Pine Creek Pine Creek Upgrade of 2016 Flood risk assessment to 1 in 200 year Return Period. Feasibility Study for Upgrades to Potable Water and Sewage Systems. Preliminary Drainage Plan

Funding to conduct a feasibility study to adapt existing water cisterns and septic fields and develop a surface water drainage plan with preliminary cost estimates.
$275,842
Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation Healthy Water, Healthy Forests

Funding to conduct a risk assessment using data management with consultant support and training to identify values and concerns relative to natural infrastructure.
$34,270
Manitoba Uske Inc. Several First Nations in Manitoba Climate Change and Flooding Workshop

Funding to organize a workshop with the objectives of capacity building, training, flooding assessment, and climate change adaptation expertise development among land managers and land knowledge holders.
$17,250
Fox Lake Cree Nation Fox Lake Cree Nation Fox Lake Cree Nation Taking Action on Climate Change

Funding to conduct a vulnerability assessment, develop a climate change adaptation plan, and increase community awareness and capacity in climate change adaptation.
$230,593
Four Arrows Regional Health Authority
  • Red Sucker Lake First Nation
  • Wasagamack First Nation
  • St. Theresa Point First Nation
  • Garden Hill First Nation
Ansinew Oskatik ekwa Ansinew Kintamawen kah Nimayukyak/Children in a Changing Climate

Funding to conduct a risk assessment by engaging youth to collect and share information about climate change.
$215,864
Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan Secretariat Inc
  • Ebb and Flow First Nation
  • Keeseekoowenin First Nation
  • Lake St. Martin First Nation
  • O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation
  • Skownan First Nation
  • Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve
Anishinaabe Knowledge, Storytelling and Mapping: Baseline data collection and video documentary for understanding flood risk-vulnerability of Treaty 2 First Nations

Funding to gather baseline data and video documentary for understanding flood risk for six Treaty 2 First Nation communities.
$150,000
Manitoba USKE Inc First Nations situated on Lake Winnipeg Manitoba Uske: Indigenous Lands & Water Project

Funding to engage with First Nations situated on Lake Winnipeg to gather indigenous knowledge on flooding impacts.
$39,800
Saskatchewan
Partner Community and region Project title and description Program contribution
Prince Albert Grand Council 43 First Nations in Northern Saskatchewan Saskatchewan First Nation Communities Wildfire Vulnerability Assessment

Funding to conduct a vulnerability assessment of wildfire risk levels for First Nation communities build support for future wildfire mitigation project work.
$7,130
Yellow Quill First Nation Yellow Quill First Nation Vulnerability Assessment of Yellow Quill First Nation Infrastructure and Community wellbeing to Climate Change Effects

Funding to conduct a vulnerability assessment including flood mapping to gain a holistic view of the threats from inland flooding as a result of climate change.
$28,600
Lac La Ronge Indian Band Lac La Ronge Indian Band Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Community Capacity Building through FireSmart Assessments

Funding to conduct a FireSmart assessment in the band's 6 communities to develop a wildfire preparedness guide and wildfire mitigation strategy for each community.
$73,450
James Smith Cree Nation James Smith Cree Nation Climate Change and Health Impact Assessment: James Smith Cree Nation

Funding to conduct a vulnerability study and further community awareness and involvement on mitigating climate change impacts through community seminars and the collection of traditional knowledge.
$20,625
File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council
  • Nekaneet First Nation
  • Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation
  • Piapot First Nation
  • Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation
  • Pasqua First Nation
  • Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation
  • Little Black Bear’s Band of Cree and Assiniboine Nations
  • Okanese First Nation
  • Star Blanket Cree Nation
  • Peepeekisis Cree Nation
  • Carry-The-Kettle Nakoda Nation
Proposal on Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Funding to support a climate change gathering and develop climate change adaptation strategies in member communities.
$174,400
Star Blanket Cree Nation Star Blanket Cree Nation First Nation Climate Adapt Project

Funding to support the development of a climate change adaptation strategy for Star Blanket Cree Nation.
$99,360
Onion Lake Cree Nation Onion Lake Cree Nation Climate Adaptation: Drainage Assessment

Funding to conduct a drainage assessment to determine if existing infrastructure has sufficient capacity to handle current and future extreme precipitation events.
$168,560
Meadow Lake Tribal Council
  • Birch Narrows Dene Nation
  • Buffalo River Dene Nation
  • Canoe Lake Cree First Nation
  • Clearwater River Dene Nation
  • English River First Nation
  • Flying Dust First Nation
  • Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation
  • Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation
  • Waterhen Lake First Nation
Climate Change Mitigation Using Flood Risk Mapping

Funding to support the use of drone technology to map out the topography of each reserve and use this information for flood risk mapping.
$86,638
Onion Lake Cree Nation Onion Lake Cree Nation Onion Lake Cree Nation Building Community Capacity To Adapt To Climate Change

Funding to assess climate risks faced by Onion Lake Cree Nation through community consultations and gathering knowledge from Elders. Classroom training also offered to increase community capacity to undertake planned adaptive measures.
$74,790
Alberta
Partner Community and region Project title and description Program contribution
Dene Tha' First Nation Dene Tha' First Nation Dene Tha' First Nation Adapt Program

Funding to coordinate community-based vulnerability assessment sessions to focus on identifying climate change obstacles that inhibit the community.
$138,572
Saddle Lake Cree Nation Saddle Lake Cree Nation Climate Change and Source Water Vulnerability Assessment

Funding to:
  • undertake a climate change and source water vulnerability assessment
  • train community members on lake level and water quality monitoring
  • identify priority adaptation strategies
$66,125
Bigstone Cree Nation Bigstone Cree Nation Climate Change Road Drainage Master Plan

Funding to develop a climate change road drainage plan that will be used to inform future capital projects in the community.
$190,450
British Columbia
Partner Community and region Project title and description Program contribution
Skidegate First Nation
  • Gwa’Sala-Nakwaxda’xw
  • Kwakiutl
  • Gwawaenuk Tribe
  • Kwikwasut’inuxw
  • Haxwa’mis, Mamalillikulla, and Namgis
Phase 1 Coastal Vulnerability Assessment

Funding to develop models that will help predict estimated sea level rise from climate change, accompanying storm surge and its impacts on coastal First Nation communities in British Columbia.
$156,930
Tsleil-Waututh Nation Tsleil-Waututh Nation Community Climate Change Resiliency – Action Plan

Funding to identify community vulnerabilities, sensitivities, exposures, and adaptive capacities, develop, and prioritize mitigation and adaptation strategies, and conduct cost-benefit analyses of implementing strategies.
$155,000
Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance 29 First Nations in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia Lower Fraser Climate Adapt Project: Preparing Aboriginal Fisheries for the Impacts of Climate Change

Funding to support member nations in planning for the impacts of climate change on fisheries, including coastal and inland flooding.
$170,811
Upper Nicola Band Upper Nicola Band Flood Plain Mapping for the Upper Nicola Band

Funding to:
  • develop a floodplain map of the Nicola River
  • assess flood risk on community infrastructure and personal property
  • develop a plan to support decisions relating to flood protection and mitigation works
$34,513
ʔAq’am First Nation ʔAq’am First Nation ʔaq̓am Flood and Wildfire Mitigation Study

Funding to conduct a flood and wildfire mitigation study to produce a comprehensive emergency management plan.
$191,580
Nisga'a Village of Gitlaxt’aamiks (formerly New Aiyansh)
  • Nisga'a Village of Gingolx
  • Nisga'a Village of Gitwinksihlkw
  • Nisga'a Village of Laxgalt'sap
  • Nisga'a Village of New Aiyansh
Adaptation of the Nisga’a Nation to the Impacts of Climate Change

Funding to conduct a risk assessment of climate change impacts to determine the risks they pose to community infrastructure.
$150,685
Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band Whispering Pines/Clinton Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band Climate Change Flood Risk and Community Vulnerability Assessment

Funding to assess flood vulnerability associated with changes to the North Thompson River, shoreline erosion and the condition of a dike and revetment.
$103,500
Toquaht Toquaht Toquaht Nation Adaptation Plan

Funding to identify community vulnerabilities and develop adaptation strategies with a focus on alternative and innovative strategies while considering infrastructure impacts and economic development factors.
$282,903
Nation Nuxalk Nation Nuxalk Nuxalk Nation Integrated Flood Risk Assessment

Funding to conduct a comprehensive integrated flood risk assessment and increase community awareness of flood risks.
$59,500
Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance 29 First Nations in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia Lower Mainland Indigenous Secretariat for All Hazards Management

Funding to establish a secretariat for the coordination of communication and participation in activities on flood hazard management related issues.
$224,000
Kitsumkalum Kitsumkalum Floodplain Mapping for Skeena and Kitsumkalum Rivers

Funding to produce modernized flood hazard maps to facilitate the preparation of flood emergency response plans and assist with community infrastructure planning.
$263,214
Naut’sa Mawt Tribal Council
  • Esquimalt
  • Pacheedaht
  • T’Sou-ke
  • Beecher Bay
  • Songhees
Phase 1 Coastal Vulnerability Assessment

Funding to develop models that will help predict estimated sea level rise from climate change, accompanying storm surge and its impacts on coastal First Nation communities in British Columbia.
$348,238
Lil'wat Nation Lil'wat Nation Floodplain Mapping and Risk Assessment - Birkenhead and Green Rivers

Funding to conduct a flood mapping assessment of the Birkenhead and Green Rivers to inform future land-use planning decisions and identify flood-proofing measures.
$40,341
First Nations’ Emergency Services Society
  • Boothroyd Indian Band
  • Lytton First
  • Boston Bar First Nation
  • Skuppah Indian Band
  • Oregon Jack Creek Band
  • Spuzzum First Nation
  • Shackan Indian Band
  • Xwisten Indian Band
Culturally relevant climate change adaptation monitoring: Braiding Indigenous and non-Indigenous evaluation approaches in wildfire risk reduction in British Columbia

Funding to:
  • co-develop a regional burn plan based on the braiding of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing
  • co-develop a culturally relevant climate change adaptation evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness of cultural burn planning
$133,500
Naut’sa Mawt Tribal Council First Nations across Canada Adaptation Canada 2020 Conference

Funding to support a First Nation delegation to attend the Adaptation Canada 2020 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
$200,660
Naut’sa Mawt Tribal Council Not applicable 2019 Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

Funding for a 3 day workshop in Richmond for First Nations in the first or second phase of the First Nation Adaptation program.
$58,891
Toquaht Nation Toquaht Nation Coastal Vulnerability Study: Phase 1 South Coast

Funding to expand the original scope of Phase 1 of the coastal vulnerability assessment to include south coastal BC communities.
$25,300
Old Massett Village Council Old Massett Village Council Seawall Replacement Feasibility Study

Funding to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best method of shoreline protection in area in the context of sea level rise and climate change.
$67,400
National
Partner Community and region Project title and description Program contribution
Cambium Aboriginal Inc. Not applicable First Nation Adapt Advisory Circle Gathering Professional Support

Funding to support the First Nation Adapt Program to host a strategic planning session with members of its First Nation Advisory Circle.
$35,500
Canadian Water Ressources Association Not applicable Indigenous Community Participation at Canadian Water Resources Association’s

Funding to support the participation of Indigenous communities involved in flooding and adaptation related projects to attend the 72nd annual Canadian Water Resources Association national conference.
$78,000
National Aboriginal Land Managers Association Not applicable Climate Change Toolkit: Enhancing Community Preparedness To Respond to Climate Change

Funding to develop a climate change toolkit to build understanding of climate change and capacity to address it among First Nations across the country.
$35,000
Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources Not applicable Climate Change Adaptation Planning Toolkit

Funding to continue previous work from the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources to develop a range of climate change adaptation resources practical for First Nation communities.
$157,059
Assembly of First Nations Not applicable Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action Indigenous Resilience Chapter

Funding to support writing team made up of First Nations for the Indigenous Resilience Report part of the National Assessment on Canada’s Changing Climate.
$70,000
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