Decolonize Climate Policy, Address Structural Inequalities, Indigenous Climate Action Urges Ottawa
- Apr 12, 2021 3:30 pm GMTApr 15, 2021 1:40 am GMT
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Canada needs to rethink its climate policies to stop excluding Indigenous people from decision-making, respect Indigenous rights to self-determination and free, prior and informed consent, deliver solutions that reflect the realities of both rural and urban Indigenous communities, and address “structural inequalities that are continually being reproduced through colonial relation, processes, and structures in so-called Canada,” Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) concludes in a report issued late last month.
By both excluding Indigenous people from key working groups and allowing for continued extraction of fossil fuels, the pan-Canadian climate framework (PCF) and its successor, A Healthy Environment, A Healthy Economy (HEHE), point to “deeply troubling ongoing problems with climate policy and plans in Canada,” ICA writes.