Fraser Lake Indigenous Solutions

This work endeavored to identify and address climate change issues in Stellat’en First Nation. A collaborative action – oriented participatory research approach and Indigenous research methodologies were used. We developed a survey with community members that quantitatively identified community actions on climate change issues, as well as open-ended questions that revealed community perceptions about what climate change is, how it has impacted them, and what they see as strategies for solutions. The first workshop happened concurrently with the global meeting in Copenhagan, addressing climate change at the local level. In both workshops, traditional knowledge keepers (Elders) and western scientists shared their knowledge. In addition, the second workshop was followed by a workshop focused on water issues (July 30) that was sponsored by the University of Victoria, and in partnership with Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.