Pays Plat, Ontario
Year(s) Funded: 2018-2020
Topic Area: Adaptation Planning
Title: Pays Plat First Nation – Preparing Today for Our Health Tomorrow
Pays Plat First Nation continues their project “Pays Plat First Nation – Preparing Today for Our Health Tomorrow” for its second year of Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program funding for the year 2018-2019. The two main objectives that are still ongoing have been the continuation of interviews with members of the community. Secondly, they had effectively provided education to their community on climate change impacts, including how it can affect the health of both residents and the environment in the area.
In addition, Pays Plat First Nation hosted workshops that would first introduce then following the workshop provide an open discussion on emergency preparedness and fire safety in the community. Lastly, the key objective to their project was to monitor their watershed within the Traditional Territory.
The main objective of the Preparing Today for Our Health Tomorrow project was to create and implement an adaptation plan to mitigate the risks of climate change on safety and food security. Interviews were conducted with community members to ensure that the community’s concerns and traditional knowledge were incorporated into the adaptation plan. The results of the interviews revealed commonalties regarding concerns with food security, increased storm events and overall safety. Watershed data were collected to identity changes in water quality and mitigate negative changes in a timely manner. An external source was contracted to analyse the watershed data and the community interviews. The resulting information was used to update the community’s Emergency Response Plan, and to create household safety pamphlets for homeowners. Other activities included: the creation of a community garden, which yielded a vast crop of numerous vegetables; completion of the Fire Smart course which provided community members the skills required to be prepare for wildfires; and a two day workshop regarding emergency planning. Workshops were held to update the community on the progress and results of the project.