Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation Exploration of Climate Change, Food Security and Health

 

PROJECT TITLE:

Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation Exploration of Climate Change, Food Security and Health

PROJECT LEAD: Andrew Spring (Laurier)
PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS: Alison Blay-Palmer (Laurier)

Melaine Simba (Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation)

Craig Scott (Ecology North)

Kaitlin Kok (Laurier)

PROJECT LOCATION: Kakisa
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation (KTFN) enjoys a close relationship to the land, and depend on the land for their well-being.  Over the past several years, community members have noticed a great deal of change on the land due to the impacts of climate change, but also are concerned with the impacts that other factors, such as forest fire and developments (both present and planned), may have on the long-term health of their lands.

The KTFN have worked collaboratively with partners at Laurier on identifying the impacts of climate change and have established an adaptation plan to ensure community food security and to build resilience.

The plan includes:

1)    Enhance the transfer of traditional knowledge between youth and Elders;

2)    Create opportunities to engage the community (particularly youth) on the land;

3)    Build capacity to grow food in the community;

4)    Create a community-based monitoring program to enhance the community’s ability to detect and record changes to the land;

5)    Develop a waste management program to aid in the proper sorting and disposal of waste, recyclables and compost.

COMMUNICATION OUTREACH:

·      Develop Ka’a’gee Tu Atlas website.

·      Recycling in the NWT. The Trailbreaker. CBC North. October 22, 2016.

OTHER KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER:

·      Dehcho K’ehodi workshop presentation (Fort Simpson)

·      Dehcho AAROM workshop presentation (K’atl’odeeche)