Black River First Nation, Manitoba
Title: Health Implications of Climate Change to the Black River First Nation
Project Summary: The objective of the Health Implications of Climate Change to the Black River First Nation Project was to gather information from Elders and other community members regarding climate changes that have or will have an impact on individual and community health. This information was supplemented with data obtained from the ALCES program which allowed project leaders to create criteria and forecast effects on indicator species for both plants and animals. Determinations could then be made with regards to the effect climate change would have on individual and community health in the future: for their children, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joint sessions were held with another program called, “Monitoring Climate Change” where best practices were shared and implemented. Elders and community members were involved in the project as were an entire Grade 9 and grade 10 Science class. Workshops about the project were facilitated and many community members attended student’s presentations on various aspects of climate change. This project has now been completed and has been considered to be a very successful learning experience for all involved. A number of photographs were taken and a “picture book” of the project was created.