YIC4 - Yukon Indigenous Community Climate Change Champions Training 

November 27-30th, 2017 & Summer 2018

Mobilizing Knowledge for Developing Indigenous Community Champions for Climate Change Adaptation in Yukon



This two-year project will focus on training Yukon Indigenous youth, aged 18-30 years on climate change and leadership skills for gathering and mobilizing new and existing knowledge, from global, local and Indigenous perspectives, for climate change adaptation in the Yukon. We will also include one youth from NWT, and two youth from the Inuit regions. A one-week training will be happening in November 2017, with a second occurring in the summer of 2018.  In between the trainings, youth will be encouraged to do a community assessment to see what is already happening with respect to climate change adaptation in their community and to determine where there may be opportunities to do youth/community-led projects. We will also support a network of climate change champions with opportunities for further training and resources throughout the two years via teleconference and webinar. With this initiative, the overall goal is to build capacity of Yukon communities to be better equipped to be responsive to complex issues related to climate change and its affects on food security. 


  • Climate change champion training with youth and RRC members from each Yukon community (two trainings, focus on climate change science, community-based research skills and leadership)
  • Champions have ongoing support and conduct needs assessments in their communities re: climate change adaptation
  • Yukon First Nations Climate Adaptation Network established
  • Yukon communities are better equipped to be responsive to complex issues related to climate change and its affects on food security 

Current Partners:

  • We are working together with the Council of Yukon First Nations, the Yukon Government's Climate Change Secretariat, and Yukon College's Research Centre on this initiative as well as interested Yukon First Nations communities.


  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: Polar Knowledge Canada