The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) saw a critical need to explore climate change issues and engage with First Nations to develop the AFN’s climate change policy responses. They requested CIER's assistance to prepare six reports on climate change and the unique impacts and adaptations facing First Nations as a result of potential climate changes.
These six reports introduce the global and regional issues of climate change, examine the unique issues associated with climate change as they relate to First Nations’ economies, governance structures, and the physical, social and cultural aspects of First Nations, and examines gaps in knowledge that must be filled before making recommendations on areas that require further research.
In the event that many predicted climate change impacts come to pass, First Nations will be significantly and uniquely impacted due to their locations, reliance on the environment, and current limited adaptation strategies.
The opinions expressed within the series of papers are the opinions of the authors of the documents, and do not necessarily represent the opinions or perspectives of the AFN.
To access the reports, please visit the links below.
Report 1 - An Introduction to the Science of Climate Change (727 KB)
Report 2 - How Climate Change Uniquely Impacts the Physical, Social and Cultural Aspects of First Nations (890 KB)
Report 3 - Impacts of Climate Change on First Nation Economies (256 KB)
Report 4 - First Nations' Governance and Climate Change: Key Issues (176 KB)
Report 5 - Climate Change and First Nations: Recommendations for Action (133 KB)
Report 6 - Legal Review of First Nations' Right to Carbon Credits (81 KB)