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Ottawa invites proposals for community climate-monitoring projects

$5.5 million to go to Indigenous groups in 2018-19

Ottawa is ready to spend money on new climate monitoring projects involving Indigenous communities. (FILE PHOTO)
Ottawa is ready to spend money on new climate monitoring projects involving Indigenous communities. (FILE PHOTO)

A deadline is approaching for Indigenous groups to pitch the federal government their ideas for how to best monitor the effects of climate change.

The Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program has $5.5 million earmarked to support such projects. The new program flows from the 2016 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which committed to “robust, ongoing and meaningful engagement with Indigenous Peoples on clean growth and climate change.”

Projects supported by the program can involve community-based climate monitoring and capacity building and can include Indigenous knowledge, information sharing, researchers and networks.

“Through collaboration among Indigenous organizations, territorial governments and other partners, this program will draw on Indigenous knowledge and modern science to inform adaptation decisions and ensure that those impacted by climate change are also on the frontline of mitigation,” said Carolyn Bennett, the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, in a news release.

Information on the new program says it will prioritize proposals that are community-driven, engage Indigenous youth, and draw on Indigenous knowledge and modern science. 

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, Feb. 16. 

Indigenous communities and organizations or Indigenous individuals can work with external partners such as other Indigenous communities, federal, provincial, territorial or regional governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and consultants.

Successful applicants will be notified by spring 2018.

For more information, you can go to the department’s calls for proposals page.

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(5) Comments:

#1. Posted by Attima Hadlari on January 04, 2018

Kitikmqeot Inuit Association Vice President of Wildlife and Environment should be fully involve in this.

#2. Posted by Northerner on January 04, 2018

My truck is dead and my snowmobile is hard to start because of this extreme cold , sure could use some of that GLOBAL WARMING

#3. Posted by kitikmeot on January 04, 2018

To #1 Attima,  I don’t think the VP of KIA should be involved in this matter due to the fact that KIA does not have a environment/wildlife department.

#4. Posted by Jim MacDonald on January 05, 2018

How about a study of the hypothetical global warming, what’s now been renamed to climate change.

What’s up with the so called “modern science”, if the computer models keep predicting the arctic ice will be gone but are never correct?  Predicting the arctic ice to be gone and polar bears drowning by 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and now in 2022, 2030.

Is the Government’s… because it’s Co2 causing global warming, collapsing at a rapid pace?  The polar bears are healthy and for years sea ice is increasing and been getting colder across North America, Europe, China, Russia, Australia, Antarctica. 

Where’s the open discussions of solar cycles (warming and cooling cycles)? Or the 400 plus 2017 published scientific papers showing there is lots more than C02 affecting climate?  Why no discussion living on a colder planet paying a carbon tax?

Then is the UN/Canada push for a carbon (people control) tax, really has nothing to do with global warming?

Happy New Years…

#5. Posted by Pete on January 05, 2018

Jim: There can be no “open discussion” on this issue. It’s already been decided by the “climate scientists” that we are doomed unless we agree to be taxed. More taxes will solve the problem, right!

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