Many First Nations within the boreal region of Canada continue to harvest traditional foods and medicines that serve an integral role in maintaining community well-being. Climate change impacts on species abundance and distribution has great potential to affect the day-to-day lives of First Nations in Manitoba. However, these impacts have not been fully investigated or documented in many First Nations.
To address this issue, CIER and Black River First Nation (BRFN) undertook the Climate Change Impacts on Abundance and Distribution of Traditional Foods and Medicines project to increase the understanding of how climate change is affecting First Nations in the boreal region of Canada. CIER investigated the effects of climate change on selected traditional foods and medicines that are important at BRFN. This was done through community-based work at BRFN including presentations and discussion, interviews, as well as external research.
This final report outlines the current and predicted effects of climate change on traditional foods and medicines as well as recommendations on how BRFN can adapt to these effects. The findings of this study also serve as an example to assist other First Nations communities living in the boreal region with similar research projects or during adaptation planning processes.