BC First Nations leadership introduces strategies to combat climate change – Saanich News

The First Country Leadership Council has launched the BC First Country Climate Strategy.

Released on Earth Day, the strategy outlines the vision, priorities and guiding principles for indigenous peoples-led climate action initiatives that recognize the rights, rights and treaty rights inherent in First Nations.

“Humanity and Mother Earth are suffering from the consequences of human behavior. Our ancestral lands, communities and cultural identities depend on direct climate action,” said Regional Chief Terry Teegee of the BC Assembly of First Nations in a news release.

“The response from the provincial and federal governments has been inadequate and insufficient to address the climate emergency and time is running out for a gradual or gradual transition.”

The strategy contains 27 themes, 63 objectives, and 143 strategic actions, plus a series of implementation recommendations. The nations have collaborated on the strategy since resolutions were passed in 2019 and 2021 at the BC Indian Chiefs Union and the BC First Assembly of Nations.

Among the strategy’s objectives are commitments to support GHG emission reductions of up to 40-60% by 2030 from 2010 levels and net zero emissions by 2050, support renewable energy and alternative energy economies and strengthen First Nations participation and leadership in green economies.

The strategy contains 20 urgent calls for climate action, which include the creation of the BC First Nations Climate Council, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, creating a. BC First Nations Climate Fund to fund green energy projects, identify critical wildlife habitats for restoration and protection, protect old forests, strengthen emergency management systems and immediately ensure all First Nations in BC have long-term and reliable access to clean and safe food and water sources both in their homes and within their territories.

“Our very existence as an indigenous people and our relationship to our land and culture are under threat,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

“No transformative social change can prevent the worst from happening to societies everywhere if governments around the world continue to activate the driving forces behind the climate crisis. This strategy is unique in that it represents a vision of a newly restored relationship with Earth that prioritizes the health and stability of the lands and waters within our territory over overexploitation of resources. The government must recognize that this battle cannot be won without addressing the injustices we face every day.”

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