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Title: A synthesis of the impacts of climate change on the First Nations and Inuit of Canada
Authors: Downing, Ashleigh
Cuerrier, Alain
Keywords: Climate change
Food security
Cultural activity
Malaysia Borneo
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A01C5/00, E04H, G01W
Abstract: Climate change is impacting multiple aspects of life, many of which resonate with the wellbeing of humankind. Indigenous peoples, including First Nations and Inuit communities around the world are more vulnerable to the risks associated with global warming. In this synthesis, examples of direct and indirect impacts and vulnerabilities on First Nations and Inuit people inhabiting Canada have been provided. Examples from other countries as a reminder that these populations are not alone have also been included. After visiting the topics of biophysical environment, cultural identity, cultural activities, food security and health with respect to First Nations and Inuit peoples conclusion on adaptation within the context of change has been given. The paper stresses also the importance of linking health to cultural identity and land use. To fully grasp the impact of climate change on First Nations and the Inuit, government stakeholders, policy makers, as well as researchers need to understand the connection that these people retain with their land. Reports from the Nunatsiaq News related to climate change to reiterate the concerns of Inuit people have been compiled. Graphs, stemming from the compilation, indicate what are perceived as the growing problems linked to climate changes in these communities. In order to take a positive, forward thinking, inclusive action, at the local level science will need to team up with traditional knowledge.
Page(s): 57-70
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.10(1) [January 2011]

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