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Call for submissions: Indigenous Perspectives, 2023 series

Apply by: 19.10.2022

The Canadian Climate Institute invites interested Indigenous researchers, journalists, and knowledge holders to propose case studies that advance climate policy from an Indigenous perspective. The resulting case studies will be published in 2023 as our third annual series of publications showcasing Indigenous responses to climate change.

The Indigenous Perspectives series seeks to profile successes and lessons learned in Indigenous-led initiatives responding to climate impacts, efforts to limit further warming, and participation in the global energy transition that climate change has unleashed. These case studies should be firmly rooted in specific times and places, and should explore particular events, policies, or initiatives in detail. They should also demonstrate insights that can be applied in other contexts or to broader policy design. Where possible, we encourage applicants to draw on traditional knowledge, two-eyed seeing, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, and intersectional climate change issues (for example, gender diversity and inclusion, racism and colonization, food sovereignty, food security, biodiversity).

This case study series is a partnership between the Canadian Climate Institute and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), a First Nation-directed national non-profit environmental charitable organization that provides support for case study authors throughout the case study development process.

Each case study author will work with CIER and Climate Institute staff, advisors, expert panelists and knowledge holders in their area of interest (mitigation, adaptation, or clean growth). Applications can either be related to work that is underway (connected to a PhD or post-doc, for example) or constitute original research.

Selected candidates will have their case study published by the Canadian Climate Institute and will be invited to participate in a public roundtable discussion with other authors. Chosen applicants will receive a research stipend of $15,000. This is a competitive process. Up to four applicants will be selected in this round.

What we’re looking for

While we are open to a wide range of potential case study topics within these parameters, we are particularly interested in case studies that align with current research underway at the Institute, including:

  • Clean Growth (How can communities succeed through the global energy transition?)
  • Mitigation (How can communities reduce their emissions?)
  • Adaptation (How can communities adapt to a changing climate?)
  • (Integration across multiple areas)

We encourage the inclusion of multimedia (videos, photos, audio), storytelling, and other creative ways to communicate your case study to a broader audience.

About the Canadian Climate Institute and CIER

The Canadian Climate Institute is Canada’s leading climate change policy research organization, producing the rigorous analysis and evidence-based recommendations needed to advance climate resilience, chart net zero pathways, and drive long-term prosperity. We are committed to ensuring that our work supports Indigenous self-determination, and that Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing are reflected in policy recommendations. We recognize that this work must be led by and for Indigenous people and welcome this opportunity to showcase leading Indigenous practitioners and researchers. Learn more about who we are

CIER is Canada’s first Indigenous-directed environmental non-profit charitable organization. CIER was founded in 1995 by 10 First Nation Chiefs from across Canada. CIER supports Indigenous people and communities to be leaders of positive environmental change, using the best of Western and Indigenous knowledge to create a world that is in balance and supports the well-being of all living things. Since 1995, CIER has worked on 450 projects with over 300 Indigenous nations across Canada.

Deadline for applications

Wednesday October 19, 2022 @ 4 pm CT.

Any questions, special requirements and application packages can be submitted to:

Please include “Indigenous Perspectives Case Study” in the SUBJECT heading of your email.