Indigenous people an ‘afterthought’ as world leaders gather to confront climate change

By Glenda Luymes
Vancouver Sun
November 16, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

A delegation of B.C. First Nations attending the United Nations climate conference in Egypt this week said that even though Indigenous people around the world are on the front lines of climate change, they remain an “afterthought” in government plans to address the crisis. The delegates, which include leaders of the First Nations Climate Initiative, were invited to present their climate action plan at the Canada Pavilion at COP27 on Tuesday. The plan includes seven proposals that were presented to the provincial and federal governments in September to help First Nations achieve decarbonization and decolonization. In a media briefing from Egypt, Hugh Braker with the First Nations Summit said Indigenous people around the world stand to lose “their culture, their traditions, their way of life” due to climate change. Braker said a “catastrophe appears to be descending” and referenced the recent wildfires and flooding in B.C.

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