"Climate change is affecting our transmission of knowledge or transgenerational teachings with fewer and fewer opportunities to walk the shores, woods, wetlands, caves, mountains where we can see or hear fowl, animal, or fish life, with insects and plant life and thus begin our talks and stories with those around us to pass on our language, knowledge and world view as an eco-centric people." ~ Katherine Sorbey, Mi'kmaq
Increased energy and climate change literacy is critical for Indigenous communities to reduce long-term reliance on non-renewable energy sources (such as diesel) and make the best possible individual and household level energy choices. We strive to increase foundation knowledge of energy use and climate change and incorporate Indigenous language translations of key terminology.
We support Indigenous communities in planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Through our efforts, we promote mindful energy consumption, facilitate climate monitoring efforts, and provide tools for increasing community involvement. We have been actively supporting Indigenous peoples in climate planning and mitigation, with our first Guidebook on this subject released in 2006. In 2020 we released the Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation (ICCAP) Toolkit. The ICCAP Toolkit is a suite of user-friendly tools, resources, and key considerations to support Indigenous individuals and communities interested in undertaking climate change adaptation planning. The intent is for the toolkit to be used by communities at all different stages of the adaptation planning process, including communities with little or no prior experience. You can access the ICCAP Toolkit by clicking the link in the Related Support section below.
CIER offers support for climate change adaptation planning, delivery of climate change education resources, and facilitation of climate change-related projects in First Nations communities.