Laurentian University’s Climate Change Division at MIRARCO Receives $5M from Green Investment Fund

Ontario Investment Will Help First Nations Adapt To Climate Change

March 17, 2016 – Winter roads are already beginning to melt, much earlier than when the Elders of Far North First Nations were young. Geese are about to fly north, but now they fly over places where they used to land. Life is changing fast for First Nations in the far north of the province. Understanding and describing the impacts of those changes is the goal of a Climate Change Impact Study for remote First Nations in Northern Ontario, to be led by the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) at Laurentian University. The study is one of three OCCIAR initiatives to be funded by a $5M investment from the province’s Green Investment Fund, announced today by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, David Zimmer, as part of Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy.

Working with First Nations and in partnership with the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, OCCIAR will allocate the $5M through three projects supporting climate change response in Ontario indigenous communities. OCCIAR will

  • develop a Climate Change Impact Study for Ontario’s remote First Nations;
  • work with First Nation communities in preparing for the effects of climate change; and
  • help First Nations to capitalize on opportunities created by the proposed cap-and-trade program.

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