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B.C. First Nations leadership unveils strategy to fight climate change – Cranbrook Daily Townsman

B.C. First Nations leadership unveils strategy to fight climate change – Cranbrook Daily Townsman

The B.C. Climate Strategy has been unveiled by the First Nations Leadership Council. First Nations Climate Strategy.

The strategy was published on Earth Day. It outlines a vision and prioritizes guiding principles for Indigenous-led Climate Action Initiatives that recognize First Nations inherent title, rights and Treaty rights.

“Humanity and Mother Earth are suffering the consequences of human behaviour. Our ancestral lands, communities, and cultural identity depend on immediate climate action,” Regional Chief Terry Teegee of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations in a news release.

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

The strategy includes 27 themes, 63 goals, and 143 strategic activities, as well as a series recommendations for implementation. Since the 2019 and 2021 resolutions at the Union of B.C., the nations have been working together to develop the strategy. Indian Chiefs and B.C. Assembly of First Nations.

The strategy has as its goals: support GHG emissions reductions of 40-60% by 2030 from 2010 levels, net-zero emission by 2050, renewable energy and alternative economies, and strengthening the leadership of First Nations in a sustainable economy.

The strategy contains 20 urgent calls for climate actionThese include the creation of a B.C. First Nations Climate Council: limiting global warming at 1.5 degrees celsius. First Nations Climate Fund is to finance green energy projects and identify and protect wildlife habitats. It also strengthens emergency management systems. This fund will ensure that all First Nations in BC have immediate access to reliable, safe, clean, and reliable food and water sources.

“Our very existence as Indigenous peoples and our connection to our lands and culture are under threat,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

“Nothing short of transformative societal change can prevent the worst of what will happen to communities everywhere if governments around the world continue to enable the driving forces behind the climate crisis. The Strategy is unique because it represents an idea of a restored relationship to the Earth, which prioritizes the health and stability in our territories over overexploitation. Governments must recognize that this fight cannot be won without solving the inequities that we face daily.”

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