The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 16



NAN First Nations are engaged in exploring both the feasibility and their role in Carbon Offset programs. These
include the direct revenue opportunities of NAN’s participation in the carbon market, and the mitigation of the
impacts of climate change, as well as the development of expertise and employment related to carbon credits,
offsets, sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction arrangements.
K A N I M AYA K I I W E B U K
(Kan-ee-maya-key-we-buk):
A made-in NAN response to climate change
To date, Kanimayakiiwebuk has recruited 16 Community Climate
Change Coordinators who have been working to engage and
educate their community members about the impacts of climate
change. They bring forward the communities’ needs and ideas
on how to address the impacts of climate change to all levels of government. As a result of this project, NAN also
successfully launched the first ever Niminonan Challenge (Energy Efficiency, Green Living and Healthy
Environment Campaign for NAN Communities), a social media focused Earth Day Challenge. This generated
discussions about environmental impacts and stewardship in NAN communities, specifically schools and
workplaces.
NAN continues to advocate for traditional ecological knowledge to be incorporated into climate change legislation.
There is no formal process for direct involvement with provincial and federal legislation, however, the respect of
inherent Aboriginal and Treaty rights of NAN First Nations and their traditional territories continues to be a
priority.
"I can’t remember having green
grass in November and
December, but this is the first time
I have noticed it. I have heard
Elders talk about it but this is the
first time I have seen it… we don’t
notice that, or we don’t pay
attention to it and I think more
people should be made aware
and take that to the communities
so they know how to handle it."
Moses Mawakeesick, Deer Lake First Nation
NAN Community Climate Change Coordinators
Image source: www.nanclimate.ca
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Image source: Pauline Winnepetonga
Recently, NAN has utilized
the Internet and social media
to bridge these geographic
challenges, and has recruited
Community Climate Change Coordinators to facilitate a transfer
of knowledge, climate change observations, community input for
mitigation techniques, and planning for adaptation measures.
Working with the Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate
Change (Honourable Glen Murray), NAN launched the
Kanimayakiiwebuk Project to begin these important discussions.

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