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Indigenous Research

As an organization we are committed to research practices that reflect a commitment to Indigenous reconciliation and a respect for Indigenous sovereignty. We ground our work in moving the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations forward, and acknowledge that Indigenous Knowledge systems must be a cornerstone of Canadian climate policy.

The Indigenous Research stream will develop sound climate policy that is consistent with self-determination by centring Indigenous-led research. We pursue this work through partnerships with Indigenous led-organizations to amplify Indigenous expertise and knowledge.  

As research in the climate policy space has historically neglected the expertise of Indigenous Peoples, we strive to amplify Indigenous voices, experience, and ideas so that our work meaningfully and inclusively embodies First Nation, Métis, and Inuit perspectives. We aim to strengthen the impact and effectiveness of climate policy through actions like Indigenous peer review, co-development of reports, and the commissioning and partnership of Indigenous-led research, communications, and engagement. 

Who we are

Our logo represents who we are and how we approach our work. The three strands of the braid embody the values guiding our work and how we expect others to work with us: through respect, honesty, and humility

It also reflects how we work to weave together Indigenous and western worldview. We know this is the best way to build strong, effective, and durable climate policy. The image emphasizes both that we work across the country, and that at the heart of our work is a respect and connection to the land and waters. The supportive hand shows that our work is guided by wellness: of the team, of the land, of the climate, and of all our relations.

It was created by Design de Plume, a women-led, Indigenously-owned design team that works to “create inclusive and accessible designs for social good.” 

Research 

Upcoming Research 

Healthy Energy Homes

The Healthy Energy Homes project, a partnership with Indigenous Clean Energy, takes a new approach to address a concern Indigenous Peoples have been raising for decades—poor quality homes are causing severe health impacts in Indigenous communities across Canada. Thousands of people in community suffer from respiratory, cardiovascular, and mental illnesses that are either aggravated or directly caused by a decades-long legacy of inadequate and unsafe housing, now worsened by climate change. Dramatically improving this housing stock, specifically through the construction of a new generation of healthy, energy-efficient homes, is a direct means of addressing poor Indigenous health outcomes, reducing emissions, and improving climate resilience. 

Through the fall of 2023 to the spring of 2025 we will be producing reports on this topic. If you are interested in learning more, please sign up for our Indigenous newsletter for updates or contact us indigenousresearch@climateinstitute.ca.


Indigenous Perspectives Case Study Program

This program started in the fall of 2021. Using a case study and mentorship model, it seeks to profile Indigenous-led research in climate policy successes, barriers, and lessons learned through responding to climate impacts, efforts to limit further warming, and participation in the global energy transition. 

2023 Indigenous Perspective Case Studies

Case Study

The Power of Acimowin

12.06.23
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Case Study

Hope flows from action

12.06.23
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Visit the Indigenous Perspectives webpage to see all case studies and read more about the program. 

PUBLICATIONS

Reports and Scoping Papers

Report

Due North

14.06.22
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Report

The Impacts of Permafrost Thaw on Northern Indigenous Communities

14.06.22
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Waves of change: Indigenous clean energy leadership for Canada's clean electric future
Scoping Paper

Waves of change: Indigenous clean energy leadership

15.02.22
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Case Studies

Case Study

Indigenomics: Our Eyes on the Land

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Qatuwas Tribal Journey to Bela Bela, 2014
Case Study

“Our people have borne witness to climate change through deep time”

13.10.21
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Case Study

Indigenous partnerships—the key to meeting Canada’s climate commitments?

12.10.21
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Blogs

Blog

Your heart may be breaking, but please take care of yourself

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Blog

How the Supreme Court’s carbon price review intersects with Indigenous rights and reconciliation

09.04.21
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Blog

Canada can’t reconcile climate change without reconciling with Indigenous Peoples and the Land

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Partnerships 

Working in partnership and co-developing climate policy research is important to us. We want to ensure that Indigenous research is led by Indigenous people and that we amplify the organizations that we work with and alongside. Below are some of the Canadian Climate Institute’s Indigenous partners and collaborators. 

Collaborators and Partnerships:  

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
The Firelight Group
Mokwateh

Contact us: indigenousresearch@climateinstitute.ca