The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 17



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Dean Cromarty, Wunnimun Lake
“It is evident our climate is changing, but along with it we have left
behind too many of our values and practices we were born with”
Deputy Grand Chief, Derek Fox
T H E PAT H F O R WA R D
Treaties, laws and international conventions, including
the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples, uphold the right of First Nations
for free, prior and informed consent on any legislation
that impacts Aboriginal and Treaty rights. NAN is
willing to work on collective efforts with Ontario to
contribute to global solutions to address climate
change, but requires resources to gather traditional
knowledge, technical and economic assessments of the
impacts of climate change on NAN territory and its
people, and the ability to manage those impacts.
In order to move forward, a new government-togovernment relationship is needed between First
Nations and our provincial and federal Treaty partners.
Through a collaborative approach, we can begin to
address the impacts of climate change and develop
sources of sustainable revenue that will help
strengthen local economies and bring much-needed
improvements to the health and well-being of our
communities.
For more information and to see the work that NAN has done, please visit their
Kanimayakiiwebuk website: www.nanclimate.ca
Written by staff of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and ECO Strategy.
Authors, Don Huff and Clare Gutjahr are with ECO Strategy (http://ecostrategy.ca). ECO Strategy is a leading
Canadian strategic counsel and communications firm which focuses on environment, energy and climate related
issues. ECO Strategy’s clients including Trade Associations, ENGO’s and First Nations. ECO Strategy and First Nation
communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Territory have enjoyed a long and positive relationship.
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