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The focus for Treaty 8 Livelihood & Climate Change is on how we can protect access to our most basic Treaty Right. Being able to hunt, fish, and trap is something that is guaranteed by our Treaty and allows us to continue to preserve our traditional way of life for future generations.

Ensuring that our children and grandchildren are left clean air, land and water is something of utmost importance and we work with our Nations to assist them in the hard work they already do to make sure we preserve our environment. The land has been our pharmacy, our grocery store and our bank since the time before the Treaty, we must all work together to protect it.

Tracking Change

Part of this work has involved partnering with the University of Alberta on a project called “Tracking Change”, this partnership has allowed us to work together to conduct traditional knowledge research activities along our local water basins., by bringing together knowledge keepers from the communities with academics, we are demonstrating the impacts of development these important water sources. In the words of the Tracking Change project “if the river system is not healthy, how can we be?” This project also involves Fish Studies, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) studies in ungulates - Deer, Elk, Caribou, and Moose Testing for CWD.

Tracking Change Project Website

Treaty 8 First Nations
Climate Change Initiative

Since 2017, the objective has been to educate, gather information and bring awareness of climate change at a community level. Through this initiative we have visited communities where elders, leaders and members were present. At these meetings, they have expressed the need to have youth involved, to enhance their knowledge and increase their involvement in mitigating climate change and it’s impacts.

At the community level, we ensure the information shared is consistent and relevant. Collectively, members see and feel the impacts of climate change and the adaptation that comes with it. Innovative and creative approaches to assist in promoting and protecting traditional way of life has been a direction for many First Nations. Working with communities on initiatives that provides tools on food security, through gardens, and learning about recycling empowers the community.

Indigenous groups have an opportunity to be involved, invest, and play an integral role to deliver services, economic activities, employment, enhance well-being, make positive changes and most importantly make better opportunities for future generations.

The following are resources to assist in accessing programs to in mitigating the impacts on climate change.

Funding Resources & Opportunties



Provincial Funding Sources

A Guide to Support Indigenous Renewable Energy Development in Alberta

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Contact: Joseph Jobin, Manager, Renewable Energy
Email: Joseph.Jobin@gov.ab.ca


Funding opportunities for Indigenous climate leadership

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Transitional Indigenous Climate Leadership Programs

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  • Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program (AICCP)
  • Alberta Indigenous Climate Planning Program (AICPP)
  • Alberta Indigenous Community Energy (Audits) Program (AICEP)
  • Alberta Indigenous Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program (AIEERP)
  • Alberta Indigenous Solar Program (AISP)
  • Alberta Indigenous Green Energy Development Program (AIGEDP)
  • Alberta Indigenous Green Employment Program (AIGEP)

Community Power

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Contact: Janna Janzen, Director of Community and Funder Relations
Email: janna@communitypower.ca
Mobile: (778) 344-8415, Office: (778) 819-0737 620
Address: 1100 Melville St. Vancouver, BC V6E 4A6


Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

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Contact Program by Email: aadnc.surveillanceclimat-climatemonitoring.aandc@canada.ca


TSAG's Solid Waste Management Program (Sustainable Communities)

Contact: Pam Haggarty, Solid Waste Management Specialist
Email: phaggarty@tsag.net
Mobile: 780 935 4042, Office Phone: 780 483 8601
Address: 18232 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 1S7


Federal Climate Change Grants

Contact: Ann Gladue-Buffalo, Executive Assistant/Regional Climate Change Coordinator
AFN Alberta Regional Office
P: 587-588-7254, ann@afnab.ca

Provincial & Federal Funding Sources

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada:

Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Climate Policy Program

(Sharon Hanley-Smith, Sharon, sharon.hanley-smith@canada.ca)

Funding for:

  • Building capacity to engage on climate change issues (training or salary for staff)
  • Planning and implementation of community or regional climate change engagement
  • Strategy writing, policy and recommendation develop, and priority setting

Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

(Marlene or Nicole Cerpnjak (AADNC/AANDC))

The Program provides support for the design, implementation, or expansion of long-term community-based climate monitoring initiatives. Activities that are eligible for funding include:

  • Community engagement on climate change information, priorities, what and where to monitor, and historical and current climate observations
  • Hiring and training climate monitoring staff within the community
  • Purchase and rental of monitoring equipment
  • Assessing and managing climate data
  • Monitoring key climate indicators related to weather, wildlife, vegetation, land and water
  • Seeking professional services to support climate monitoring initiatives
  • Communicating climate monitoring results to inform community decision-making

First Nation Adapt Program

(Alberta Rep – Robina Scrivener, robina.scrivener@canada.ca)

First Nation Adapt supports projects with a strong community focus that build capacity within communities to conduct work and monitor the changing climate. The program also promotes the gathering of Indigenous knowledge and its incorporation into planning for climate change alongside Western scientific knowledge. The program provides support for the following types of projects:

  • Risk assessments of climate change impacts on community infrastructure or emergency management
  • Development and assessment of adaptation options
  • Cost benefit analysis of adaptation options

Additional community funding is available to better understand the extent of potential flooding and plan adaptive measures. The floodplain mapping portion of the program provides support for communities to:

  • Participate in regional watershed management processes
  • Collect and share regional watershed data
  • Develop floodplain maps in order to identify flood risks to local infrastructure
  • Develop best practices, tools and adaptation options for flood management

Indigenous Services Canada:

Climate Change Health Adaptation Program

(refer to attachment, Erin Myers, erin.myers@canada.ca)

Description: Indigenous Services Canada’s Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program (CCHAP) was developed to build capacity in research by funding community-driven projects, enabling communities to develop health-related adaptation or action plans and communication materials that may help in adaptation decision-making at the community, regional and national levels with respect to human health and a changing environment.

This program will provide up to $100,000 annually for community-based or regional research and action oriented projects, to help southern First Nations minimize risks and adapt to the impacts of climate change on human health. Regional/region refers to an Eco zone, treaty or political zones or cluster of communities who want to work together on tackling climate change as a health issue.


Environment and Climate Change Canada

Indigenous Fund for Community-Based Environmental Monitoring

(Jamie Dawson, jaime.dawson@canada.ca)

Submission deadline: Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Government of Alberta

Indigenous Knowledge, Community Monitoring and Citizen Science

(Gleb Raygorodetsky, Gleb.Raygorodetsky@gov.ab.ca)