Indigenous Perspectives

Sharing Indigenous responses to climate change

The Canadian Climate Institute is 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 that historically, research in Indigenous and Northern communities has often neglected the expertise of Indigenous Peoples. We are working to amplify Indigenous voices, research, and ideas to ensure that our research meaningfully and inclusively embodies First Nation, Métis, and Inuit perspectives in order to strengthen the impact and effectiveness of policy recommendations moving forward.

While the Climate Institute commissioned the content presented here, each piece reflects the independent perspectives and insights of the authors and contributors.

The Bagida’waad Alliance: Finding our way in the fog and charting a new course

Adapting to the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes

A Two-Roads Approach to Co-Reclamation: Centring Indigenous voices and leadership in Canada’s energy transition

To adequately prepare for the energy transition, the oil and gas sector must reckon with the historic and ongoing impacts on the land and on Indigenous rights holders.

ʔuyaasiłaƛ n̓aas, or Something happened to the weather

Applying the wisdom of Indigenous place names in a changing climate—lessons from the Ahousaht First Nation’s Land Use Vision process

Gitxsan Rez-ilience: Understanding climate resilience as Naadahahlhakwhlinhl (interconnectedness)

This case study provides a foundation for a wider, more inclusive understanding of what it means to be resilient in an Indigenous context.

Waves of change: Indigenous clean energy leadership

Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of the country's clean energy evolution.

Protecting Biocultural Heritage and Land Rights

How the W8banaki Nation is Adapting to Climate Change in Southern Quebec

Decolonizing Canada’s Climate Policy

The first step is to decolonize systems that exclude Indigenous rights holders, land protectors, and knowledge experts from the conversation.

Indigenomics: Our Eyes on the Land

Re-valuing Indigenous worldview in today’s climate response

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

Indigenous place-based people transitioning to a low-carbon economy

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

Indigenous clean energy partnerships will play a critical role in the low-carbon transition

The ‘Two-Eyed Seeing’ of Cross-Cultural Research Camps

Sahtú community-led approaches to climate change monitoring are building the knowledge and capacity needed for adaptation

Climate Change impacts on bees in Mi’kma’ki

Lessons from the Mi’kmaq Pollinator Project

Case Study: Ayookxw Responding to Climate Change

The Gitanyow are using both Indigenous knowledge and laws (Ayookxw) and western science to build a comprehensive understanding of the ecological health of our territory, and translating that knowledge into policies that respond to the impacts of climate change.

Case Study: Seed Sowing

Indigenous Relationship-Building as Processes of Environmental Action

Case Study: Unnatural Disasters

Colonialism, climate displacement, and Indigenous sovereignty in Siksika Nation’s disaster recovery efforts