Indigenous Climate Change Workshop and Network
CIER organized and hosted two international forums that gathered leaders in Indigenous adaptation from Canada and the U.S; the focus was food security and traditional plant use in the context of climate change. A forum of 55 people was held in Akwesasne, a First Nation and Tribal community in Canada and the USA, from September 18-20, 2012, to facilitate concrete planning on climate change adaptation and shared ways to enhance adaptation efforts.
A second working meeting of 10 people from Canada and the USA took place December 3-4, 2012, in Toronto, to delve more deeply into adaptation planning processes, share additional local information, and foster meaningful networks and friendships among these participants.
Participants planned to stay connected both formally through reaching out to each other through newsletters, for peer review and support and via conference calls, and informally through invitations to visits and individual relationships. Communication among these Indigenous groups and other experts on adapting to climate change during and after the workshop have built the capacity of participants and have contributed to a community of practice on adaptation that spans borders. Long term collaboration will give Indigenous people the tools and support they need to adapt to a changing climate that is so intimately tied with their way of life.