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 and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities and facilitate strategy development for climate change adaptation and food security. 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 and 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, of poor quality and poor selection and are also vulnerable to climate change because of transportation and supply routes from the South to changing environment.
In addition to community-based strategy development, we have also trained over 150 youth from the territory and beyond on climate change and food security. Youth engagement and capacity and leadership development is a priority that intersects all areas we work in. As part of our YIC4 - Yukon Indigenous Community Climate Change Champions Project, we are building youth as champions for climate change adaptation in their communities. As part of this project, youth will be supported in conducting a community assessment to better understand impacts, needs and opportunities for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Contact us for further information if you are interested in learning more about our approach or working together with us on this priority.
Climate Change Reports, Publications & Documentaries
(For full list of reports - go to Reports section)
[pdf] YIC4 - Yukon Indigenous Community Climate Change Champions Project - Newsletter, February 2018
[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