Building Capacity For Indigenous Climate Action

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Indigenous communities are on the front lines fighting against fossil fuel extraction and development while holding valuable knowledge critical for ecosystem protection. That said, there remains a lack of sustained resources for the efforts of Indigenous climate leaders to build capacity within communities to engage in the climate justice movement. 

Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) was created to help address this and strives to fill the gaps between the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples and the policies and strategies being developed to address climate change, and to insert Indigenous knowledge and worldview into the climate discourse. 

ICA is the only Indigenous climate justice organization in Canada and is working to prioritize Indigenous peoples and communities as agents of change for climate change solutions.  

In 2017-2018 ICA’s goal is to grow their project and take their vision to the next level. LDF funding would help to provide capacity for them to hire core staff, upgrade their software and engagement platforms and ensure the development of the ICA toolkit as identified by the Steering Committee. 

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