Climate Change

The Métis Nation's citizens and their way of life are currently exposed to significant impacts of climate change as compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts within Canada. As climate change continues to disrupt the ways in which we interact with the land, our communities and our heritage, the Métis National Council must not only support the preservation  the Métis way of life in light of these globally felt changes, but also support Governing Members in building a brighter, cleaner and more sustainable future for all Métis citizens. The Métis Nation is in the unique position of being able to combine our deeply held connection to the lands, waters and skies across the Métis Homeland with our distinct history of adaptation and resiliency. This provides the much needed leadership and solutions needed to address the numerous challenges posed by changing climate. Stewardship of the land is at the core of the Métis identity and continues to guide our path towards a stronger, healthier and more resilient nation. 

Important Links

Climate Atlas - https://climateatlas.ca/indigenous

Access the Climate Atlas to understanding how Métis, First Nations and Inuit knowledge systems can be utilized to understand climate and cultural changes. Additionally, explore further to get cross-Canada data and information about how climate change is having an impact across the country. 

ClimateData - https://climatedata.ca/

Climate Data provides high-resolution information produced by Canadas leading climate organizations and is supported by the Government of Canada. It provides more information about climate change and can be utilized by decision makers to build a more resilient Canada. 

Canada in a Changing Climate - https://changingclimate.ca/

Gain a better understanding of how Canada's climate is changing from accross the country through accessing 'Canada in a Changing Climate'. Also, read how various issues and challenges are affecting the climate and environment  accross the Métis homeland. 

Important Documents

Métis Nation Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Report

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Climate Strategy Art Submissions

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The 1st National Metis Youth Climate Leader Summit

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The Métis Nation Climate Change Strategy - Part 1

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The Métis Nation Climate Change Strategy - Part 2

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The Métis Nation Climate Change Strategy - Part 3

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Métis Nation Youth Summit on Climate Change 2024 Key Takeaways

April 5-7th, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON.

Some key takeaways from the dialogue and panels include:    

  • Métis citizens must be able to live how they see fit on their ancestral territories.   
  • Although youth 'are the future,’ this phrase implies that the present is not important and that the youth are not leaders in climate action now.
  • We must attend to present climate needs with care and diligence to advance climate change solutions and recognize that children and youth are strong leaders for today and for the generations to come. 
  • Government funding must go directly into Governing Members and communities so that Métis citizens have the autonomy to exercise self-determining climate policies and programs.   
  • We heard from Métis youth about their lived experiences. Climate-related emergencies have detrimental effects on Métis communities and require Métis-led mitigation, adaptation, and emergency management solutions.