The B.C. has been revealed by the First Nations Leadership Council. First Nations Climate Strategy.
The strategy was released on Earth Day and sets out a vision, priorities, and guiding principles to guide Indigenous-led climate action initiatives. It recognizes 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 resolutions were passed at the Union of B.C. in 2019 and 2021, nations have been working together on 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, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius and create a. B.C. First Nations Climate Fund will finance green energy projects, protect old-growth forests, strengthen emergency management systems, and ensure that all First Nations in BC have reliable and long-term access to safe and clean 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 is a vision for a restored relationship to the Earth. It prioritizes the health, stability, and preservation of the lands within our territories over the overexploitation and destruction of resources. Governments must recognize that this fight cannot be won without solving the inequities that we face daily.”
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