Artwork created by Tehatsistahawi (Tsista) Kennedy
Image credit: Created by Tehatsistahawi (Tsista) Kennedy based on youth input at a workshop the Institute held in October 2020.

Honouring Indigenous Climate Leadership

A roundtable discussion showcasing Indigenous-led research and policy responding to climate change.

To amplify and centre Indigenous voices at the cutting-edge of climate research and policy, the Canadian Climate Institute, in partnership with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, hosted a roundtable discussion on June 15 with the authors of three new case studies in our Indigenous Perspectives series. These case studies showcase the work of Indigenous researchers, Knowledge Holders, water protectors, and community members.

The discussion highlighted how Indigenous self-determination and knowledge are integral to designing effective regional, provincial, territorial, and national climate policies, exploring: 

We also tackled questions of decolonization and unpack “Two-Eyed Seeing,” a concept where Indigenous and Western knowledge systems can complement one another’s strengths to help inform and create holistic policies for the benefit of all.

Watch the recording

Moderator: Shianne McKay, Senior Project Manager, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Opening remarks: Rick Smith, President, Canadian Climate Institute


The Power of Acimowin (Storytelling) for Climate Change Adaptation and Policy 

Sandra Lamouche is nehiyaw iskwew, a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation, her mother’s community. Her father is from Kapawe’no First Nation. Sandra is a wife, mother, award-winning educator, champion hoop dancer, public speaker, and writer. Read more

Hope flows from Action: Rebuilding with Resilient Foundations in B.C.’s Fraser Canyon Region

Patrick Michell is a Retired Chief, Kanaka Bar Indian Band, resident of Lytton, BC. Read more

Community is the solution: Experiences from the 2021 extreme heat emergency in urban, rural and remote B.C. First Nations 

Dr. Emily Dicken, an Indigenous scholar and practitioner in Emergency Management, has over 15 years of experience and has held roles in organizations such as North Shore Emergency Management, First Nations Health Authority, and Emergency Management BC. Read more

Dr. Lilia Yumagulova is a Bashkir woman with degrees in engineering and risk analysis and a PhD in resilience planning. Read more

Sheri Lysons (Adams Lake Indian Band) is a daughter, a mother, and a grandmother. She is the Elders and Youth Council Coordinator, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.

Casey Gabriel is a member of the Líl̓wat Nation. He is a member of the Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Nation’s Emergency response team and a volunteer at large in his community. He sits on several boards and committees in different departments within the Nation. Casey is dedicated to Emergency Preparedness in his community.

Randy Carpenter is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation and has the following experience: 15 years as a commercial fisherman, 20 years as a Guardian Watchman, four years as a casual Canadian Coast Guard, two years as an Emergency Coordinator.