Participants of the CPC Northern Adaptation Workshop outside the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, NT.

Yellowknife hosts Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

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The Canadian Parks Council (CPC) Climate Change Working Group and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) partnered to host a climate change workshop in Yellowknife on June 6th and 7th.

More than 70 participants attended from the Northwest Territories (NWT) and Yukon, including protected areas practitioners, community leaders, researchers, elders, and youth. The workshop focused on building relationships and initiating an exchange of knowledge between parks and protected areas practitioners, and climate change researchers in a northern Canadian context.

3 participants pose for a photo at the workshop.

Over the two-day workshop, participants had the opportunity to learn about the state of climate knowledge in the NWT and Yukon, how to access data and funding, meet with researchers, and network with people engaged in Indigenous-led stewardship and conservation planning initiatives.

Presentation at the workshop.

The end of the workshop was marked with a closing circle where all participants shared an action they plan to undertake in their home communities, informed by what they learned at the workshop. A report will be produced by the CPC that includes summaries of the tools and initiatives showcased at the workshop.    

The workshop complements two current GNWT initiatives:

As the GNWT advances new territorial protected areas in partnership with Indigenous governments, we aim to incorporate climate change considerations based on the best science, traditional and local knowledge.

Northern parks and protected and conserved areas not only ensure the continuation of important ecosystem services, such as clean water; they also protect cultural and spiritual landscape values, increase social well-being, provide food provision services, and contribute to the diversification of economy.

The integration of climate change considerations in the establishment and management of northern parks and protected areas is essential to make sure these areas can fulfill their promise of contributing to social well-being, ecological health, sustainable livelihoods and economic prosperity.