Indigenous communities were excluded from drafting Canada’s latest climate plans, report finds — here’s what social impact organizations can learn

Indigenous Climate Action’s report on Indigenous rights and climate policy in Canada is aimed at the federal government, but it offers important learnings for civil society organizations too.

Why It Matters

Indigenous communities play an important role in Canada’s climate policy. Without their meaningful participation in climate action by governments and the social impact sector, Indigenous leaders cannot bring their ideas to bear on a crisis that disproportionately affects them.

Indigenous communities across Canada are already facing the brunt of climate catastrophe, but a detailed report from an Indigenous-led climate justice organization argues the Canadian government’s two major climate plans were not developed in ways that respect Indigenous rights. 

“To effectively address climate change, policies and solutions need to take aim at the ongoing drivers and root causes of the crisis and should centre the voices, needs and leadership of the people most impacted by the crisis,” reads the recently published report by Indigeous Climate Action (ICA), an Indigenous-led climate justice organization in Canada. 

Their report looks at the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF), signed in 2016 and A Healthy Environment, A Healthy Economy (HEHE) from 2020, two federal climate plans developed by Prime Minister Justin Trude

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