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Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
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Climate Change and Health: Working with First Nations
Climate change imposes serious potential threats to short-term and long-term health of everyone but it particularly affects the well-being in First Nations communities. Incidences of climate change associated community health emergencies, amplified by other cumulative environmental impacts, are becoming commonplace in Canada. Climate change also worsens symptoms of many chronic diseases and may indirectly increase the prevalence of new non-communicable diseases. The rural location of many communities, ongoing colonialism, cumulative social, socioeconomic, and environmental stressors, and the deep connection to the land make First Nations’ health particularly sensitive to climate change. However, as highlighted in the recent IPCC reports, Indigenous peoples may also have a key role to play in helping to develop more sustainable governance models to dealing with climate change. We talk about vulnerabilities and risk assessments but fail to acknowledge the structural and process-related inequities imposed by our own surveys and other academic inquiries. Similarly, we fail to be self-reflective about our privileges as academic researchers and explicit about how we need to share power in our climate health research projects.
Stories we tell and the way we frame problems influence the outcomes of our projects. The goal of this presentation is to provide a more nuanced picture of climate health research than usually is discussed, emphasizing especially aspects that First Nations tend to pay more attention to. The webinar will discuss climate change impacts on health and power asymmetries in climate health research, as well as highlight the potential leadership role of Indigenous peoples in addressing climate health challenges.
- Facilitator: Krishna Todi, BCCI-SYP representative for Simon Fraser University.
- Organizer: Tasha Kara, Coordinator with Health Emergency Management BC and Community of Practice Coordinator for CCGHR-BCCI portfolio.