The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $24.7 in First Nations climate resilience. Called First Nations Adapt, the program will direct funds towards identifying and ameliorating the impacts of climate change on essential infrastructure in communities on reserve.

The program, announced Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, provides direct funding to First Nations communities experiencing repeated and severe climate impacts relating to coastal erosion and sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road conditions. Projects funded by First Nations Adapt will help local communities acquire technical expertise and information to assist the adaptation of infrastructure to the potential impacts of climate.

The First Nation Adapt program was created in full partnership with First Nations communities, Tribal Councils, Indigenous organizations, provincial governments, and other federal departments.

“The First Nation Adapt program will help First Nations communities on reserve address some of the impacts of climate change on their infrastructure, environment and health. The Government of Canada will continue working with Indigenous leaders on the important work ahead that will protect their land, air, and water while building a clean growth economy for future generations,” said Minister Bennett of the investment.

In their release, the government stated that “climate change is one of the greatest collective challenges Canada faces as a nation. The Government of Canada is committed to work in partnership with First Nations communities to tackle climate change, grow the economy, and to ensure a more sustainable, prosperous and cleaner future for Canada.”

The First Nation Adapt Program is part of Budget 2016’s commitment to provide $129.5 million over five years to seven federal departments and agencies to implement programming focused on building the science base to inform decision-making, and to, in part, direct efforts to help build resilience in Northern and Indigenous communities.

The First Nation Adapt program is part of the government’s plan to fund clean growth opportunities and respond to climate change in partnership with provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities. As well, the Adapt program is part of the Liberal Government’s commitment to renewing its nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership.

In their release, the government stated that “climate change is one of the greatest collective challenges Canada faces as a nation. The Government of Canada is committed to work in partnership with First Nations communities to tackle climate change, grow the economy, and to ensure a more sustainable, prosperous and cleaner future for Canada.”

The First Nation Adapt Program is part of Budget 2016’s commitment to provide $129.5 million over five years to seven federal departments and agencies to implement programming focused on building the science base to inform decision-making, and to, in part, direct efforts to help build resilience in Northern and Indigenous communities.

The First Nation Adapt program is part of the government’s plan to fund clean growth opportunities and respond to climate change in partnership with provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities. As well, the Adapt program is part of the Liberal Government’s commitment to renewing its nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership.

Details about the First Nations Adapt Program can be read here.

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