Dene Tha’, Alberta
Title: Dene Tha’ First Nation Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program
Project Summary: Dene Tha’ First Nation (DTFN) conducted community-based vulnerability assessment workshops in the community with various DTFN stakeholders including leaders in health, land, and emergency response. The workshops included opportunities to explore historical climate change in the region, and to learn about how the natural environment is currently changing. Risk management opportunities were created along with the development of recommendations to address high-risk issues and health related hazards in the communities due to climate change impacts. Over 100 home-based gardens were created as part of this project with a variety of plants expected to grow throughout the summer months this year. This assessment has provided community leaders and decision- makers with the appropriate information to facilitate effective community adaptation programs. Since the completion of this project, the DTFN leadership teams have begun implementing an adaptation to the current food security plan. This adaptation includes a project to grow more plants and berries that have been traditionally relied upon for healthy food sourcing.