Year(s) Funded: 2010-2011
Topic Area: Food Security
Contact: Jade McGinty (Jade.McGinty@ttc-teslin.com)
Partners: Teslin Tlingit Council, Arctic Health Research Network – Yukon, Teslin Renewable Resource Council, University of Northern British Columbia
Title: Food Security and Climate Change: Teslin Tlingit Research Food Security and Climate Change Health Impacts in Our Community
Action: This project recognized that it is essential to focus attention on building capacity and develop knowledge on climate change and health with youth. Youth must have a greater understanding of the effects climate change is having on food security in order to engage in research and take action on climate change and other environmental health issues.
This research addressed concerns in relation to traditional food sources that are essential to the health and well-being of the Teslin Tlingit people. The information that resulted from this project contributes to Teslin Tlingit Council’s Strategic Plan for the community as well as the future development of a climate change food security plan for the region.
Results: This project has been an important opportunity for the Youth and the Teslin Community to become engaged with combining Western Science and Traditional Knowledge and to learn about climate change and health, and how it relates to developing strategies and solutions to plan for the long-term health of the Teslin Tlingit Community.
Capacity was built by preparing Teslin Tlingit future leaders to make decisions that involve planning for both the management of decreased wildlife populations and the subsequent impacts on food security as well as preserving the Tlingit culture in light of a rapidly changing environment. Youth were taught about project design and implementation, how to conduct interviews, documentation through film, and development of writing and presentation skills. Youth learned how to facilitate discussion and support the community in the future planning of adaptation actions.
Outputs: A film titled “Teslin’s Voice” was produced. A series of PowerPoint presentations were developed to share knowledge generated throughout the project.
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