Inaugural Indigenous Peoples' Meeting on Climate Change
The first Indigenous Peoples’ Meeting on Climate Change, hosted by the Keepers of the Athabasca was held on January 24 - 26, 2016 on Treaty Six Territories, in Edmonton, Alberta. This meeting began an important discourse on building foundational plans to develop an Indigenous Climate Change strategy.
This meeting was a ground breaking event - bringing together Indigenous leaders from across Canada to discuss climate change and climate change policy in relation to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). As part of the meeting we began to develop an Indigenous Peoples’ strategy on climate change policy, and lay the foundation for future collaboration through an Indigenous Climate Action Plan.
The meeting included plenary and breakout discussions to create a shared understanding of climate policy at local, national and international levels. The agenda reflected the appropriate cultural protocols, and ensured adequate space for networking and alignment to ensure co-created pathways to protect our unique rights and community needs. The meeting included Keynote addresses by President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs - Grand Chief Phillip Stewart, and Internationally acclaimed Indigenous Rights and Food & Energy Security Defender and Founder of Honor the Earth, Winona LaDuke.
To review the meeting outcomes please download the conference Executive Summary Report . A full meeting report will be available soon!
Please take a look some of the great shots from the meeting :)