Climate Change Adaption
Over the last couple decades, researchers and communities have been documenting changes to plants, animals, land, and water in Canada's Arctic. Both the scientists and northern people are reporting profound changes such as melting ice and permafrost, forest fires, warmer temperatures, and changing weather patterns. Since our founding in 2007, there has been greater awareness and increasing concern raised regarding the issue of climate change and the impacts on northern communities.
AICBR has been working with communities in Yukon to understand the implications of changing environmental conditions on the health of individuals, families and communities. The impacts of climate change are directly linked to community food security and many of our projects work to understand how climate change and changing environmental conditions are affecting community access to traditional and store-bought foods, availability of traditional and store-bought foods, and changes in food quality. We then work with communities to come up with adaptation strategies and action plans to manage the issues they are facing. The ability to access sufficient amounts of nutritious and safe foods affects northerners in different ways. For example, accessing foods harvested from the land can be challenging with changing land conditions, high fuel and equipment costs, and changes to wildlife health and migration patterns. Store-bought foods can be very expensive, poor quality, of poor selection, and are also at risk to climate change with the vulnerability of transportation and supply routes from the South to changing environment.
Working with individual communities, we have been developing local community climate change and food security adaptation strategies. These context-specific strategies will further inform a Territory-wide strategy in the future. You can also contact us for further information if you are interested in learning more about our approach or working with us on this priority.
Climate Change Reports, Publications & Documentaries
(For full list of reports - go to Reports section)
[pdf] Adapting to Climate Change and Keeping Our Traditions - A Collaboration between Selkirk First Nation and AICBR 2015 - 2016
[pdf] Climate Change and Food Security in the North - A Literature Review 2010
[pdf] Poster: Vuntut Gwitchin Climate Change and Health Research in Northern Yukon
[pdf] Yukon First Nations Health Promotion Spring School 2007 Report