Posts Tagged ‘Canadian First Nations’

Example of how climate change affecting First Nations in Canada

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Cowichan Chief Lydia Hwitsum noted that First Nations in Canada are in the middle of negotiations with the Canadian government to create their treaties forever and noted how difficult it is to use language that encompasses how species will change in the future.

“How do we capture the language that assures our rights to securing our food resources into the future for our people, because there may be resources that will be not available to us in the future because of climate change, but others will be available that we haven’t specifically noted. We need to take advantage of research available to help us with these negotiations,” said Hwitsum.

Impacts of climate change and how native people are responding

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Dr. Zoltan Grossman is a geographer and member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who teaches geography and Native American and world indigenous peoples studies. He talked about the impacts of climate change on indigenous cultures and how to engage with non-native cultures who are experiencing climate change too.

As the urban world is beginning to experience drought, winds brought on by shifting wind patterns and storms cutting off cities – non-native cultures are more open to discussing these issues with the holders of traditional knowledge.

Grossman said when they are in discussions about the future, they note that we as a society don’t have time for the western science model of researching something for five years and coming to a conclusion. “What traditional knowledge does is give you early warning of what is going on. Real time knowledge only comes from traditional people who are out there every day,” said Zoltan.