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Climate Change Workshop for First Nations

by NationTalk on April 19, 2008800 Views

Many predict that First Nations will be among the first to experience the effects of a changing climate because of their close relationship with the land and water. However, First Nations are often the people who have the least access to information about climate change or what they can do to adapt to climate change impacts.It is important that all Canadians, especially First Nations, are aware of the climate change impacts they are likely to face, plan so they are prepared for these impacts, and develop adaptable and sustainable communities while also minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced. It sounds like a great deal to accomplish but it all starts with the need, will to succeed and the right information.

Workshop Description:
This 2-day workshop will provide you with an:
• Overview of climate change issues
• Opportunity to explore the impacts of climate change on local, regional, and global scales
• Opportunity to explore the responses, responsibilities, and actions taken by various groups and levels of government in terms of climate change adaptation and mitigation
• Overview on renewable energy and energy efficiency options
• Opportunity to design a community action plan for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Who Should Participate?

The 2-day workshop can benefit those working in a variety of positions within First Nations, such as:
• Public works and infrastructure
• Natural resources – forestry, etc.
• Community health and social services
• Youth councils
• Housing
• Education
• Economic development
• Recreation
• Hunting
• Trapping
• Fishing
• Harvesting, such as berry collecting

Workshop Benefits:
CIER believes that the best strategies and mechanisms for a First Nation to adapt to a changing climate are those developed by its members because they know fundamentally what will work in their First Nation and what won’t. To do this effectively requires knowledge of the issues, what alternatives other First Nations have tried and where to go to find additional information and support for climate change initiatives. CIER’s Climate Change Workshop for First Nations is designed specifically to do this.

The cost to attend this 2-day workshop is $675. Please call to register before May 2, 2008. Depending on participants numbers CIER may run one or both workshops. The workshop will be held at CIER’s Winnipeg office.

For more information about our workshops, please complete the “Contact Us” form on our website at or call us at (204) 956-0660

>>DOWNLOAD Environmental Assessments Involving First Nations for non-Aboriginal practitioners and governments Fall 2008 Delivery workshop description.

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