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Northern Canada facing the climate change challenge in practical, culturally meaningful ways

By Kaitlyn Rathwell, Adam Fiser, Soha Kneen      

We’ve seen firsthand how remote northern communities are rolling up their sleeves and working together to share knowledge, practices and resources.

Climate change has visible impacts, such as the disturbing of the migratory patterns of subsistence species like caribou, but there are intangible challenges as well for northern and remote communities to deal with. Flickr photograph by peupleloup

The threat of climate change to property and infrastructure has become increasingly apparent to Canadians. With increasing intensity and frequency, forest fires and floods are having a devastating impact on all kinds of communities, whether rural or urban. But imagine a world where climate change puts your way of life and cultural identity at risk. This is an urgent reality faced by many of Canada’s remote northern communities. Their experiences and efforts to adapt and find strength, despite extreme vulnerability, has a lot to teach us.

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