BCAFN is pleased to invite First Nations in BC to our next webinar Finding and Using Climate Data for Climate Action, a part of our 2021 Climate Action Webinar series. This webinar session will present available portals, platforms and tools that First Nations communities can utilize to access climate data and information to support their climate response.
Climate change is a persistent and urgent matter. Since the start of this summer, BC has been experiencing unprecedented and extreme heat waves that have contributed to a high number of wildfires and flooding events across the province. Adequate access to reliable past and future climate data and information plays a key role for First Nations to understand and become more resilient to climate impacts.Speakers from the Climate Atlas of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, and from Kanaka Bar Indian Band will present different climate data sources, portals and networks, showing participants how to navigate through them and providing examples of how climate data can be used to inform climate action, particularly in assessing climate risk, vulnerability and impacts. This webinar will be followed in the Fall by training sessions for interested participants on the use of both the platforms Climate Data and Climate Atlas of Canada
Further information will be provided at the webinar.
- The Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS)
Katie Pearson, Kelly Murphy and Trevor Murdock, from the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS), will share information about services that are available and accessible through the Centre and through platforms to help First Nations access climate data, information and expert support.
For example, they will talk about the available information on past and potential future climate extremes in temperature and precipitation (including extremes) that are accessible through the platform ClimateData.ca. This information is relevant to understanding issues of heat, health, flood and drought.
Katie and Kelly will also share some examples of how climate information has been used for adaptation by First Nations in British Columbia – the new Map of Adaptation Actions. This easy-to-use online map includes many case studies of climate change adaptation actions across Canada, and could be a source of inspiration for ways to increase community capacity and expertise for climate adaptation planning and decision-making.
- Climate Atlas of Canada
Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett Huson) and Matthew Loxley from the Prairie Climate Centre will introduce the Climate Atlas of Canada and the types of content available through the site. There will be a live demonstration of how to use the Climate Atlas and where to find useful tools and resources on the site. Finally, examples of how the Climate Atlas can be used in the climate change adaptation planning process will be presented, along with an overview of a program that is being developed for climate change adaptation planning specific for Indigenous communities.
- Kanaka Bar Indian Band
Aaron Coelho will share the great work that Kanaka Bar is undertaking to address climate change and achieve their vision and goals to become a self-sufficient, sustainable and vibrant community. In particular, Aaron will speak about Kanaka Bar’s experience using climate change projections for their Traditional Territory as a key step to assessing climate impacts to water, land and air, identifying vulnerabilities and areas of concern and defining key adaptation strategies to minimize risks and maximize community resilience. Aaron will also address how the community is collecting valuable data (through local weather and gauging stations) for tracking site-specific long-term trends on weather and water levels to support community observations and decision-making. Kanaka Bar believes that site and territory-specific data builds community capacity to respond to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
Background information about the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, the Climate Atlas of Canada and Kanaka Bar Indian Band.
Meet the Presenters
Kelly Murphy, Senior Advisor, Canadian Centre for Climate Services, ECCC
Kelly Murphy is a senior advisor in the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, where she has worked since its launch in 2018. As part of the Partnerships Team, Kelly works to raise awareness of climate services and the CCCS among Canada’s First Nation governments and organizations, and to build relationships to better understand First Nations’ user needs. In addition, she collaborates across governments to create a national network of regional climate organizations (e.g. including Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium) to provide coordinated climate services throughout Canada.
Before joining the Centre, Kelly worked at the Meteorological Service of Canada and with the Atlantic regional office of Environment and Climate Change Canada on inter-governmental affairs, regional analysis and advocacy. Before joining ECCC, Kelly studied Environmental Engineering Technology (Environmental Studies) at Cape Breton University (1996) and then pursued a Masters in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University (1999). She lives in Nova Scotia near her home town and her extended family, where she raises her three children, and runs a business with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including beekeeping.
Katie Pearson, Policy Advisor, Canadian Centre for Climate Services, ECCC
Katie Pearson is a policy advisor in the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, where she has worked since July 2020. Katie is part of the Service Delivery Team that helps people find, understand and use climate information to prepare for future changes. Katie also works across governments to create a national network of regional climate organizations (e.g. including Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium) to provide coordinated climate services throughout Canada.
Before joining the Centre, Katie worked across Environmental Services including waste, water, watersheds and climate change supporting corporate and community initiatives for a regional government in BC (2008-2020). Katie holds a Bachelor of French and Linguistics and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria.
Brett Huson, Research Associate, Prairie Climate Centre
Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his), is from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. The award-winning series Mothers of Xsan is Brett’s first series of books and part of a larger vision he has in sharing the worlds of the Gitxsan Nation.
As Brett continues creating new art and working on new books, he is also working with the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg, as a Research Associate, to connect science and Indigenous Knowledges. With the support of his wife Jeri and their children Warren and Ruby, Brett endeavours to continue sharing stories with his writing, artwork and photography.
Matthew Loxley, Research Associate, Prairie Climate Centre
Matthew Loxley is a Research Associate at the Prairie Climate Centre. He has a Bachelor of Science (Ag.Env.Sc.) in Renewable Resource Management from McGill University and a Master of Environmental Science in Climate Change Impact Assessment from the University of Toronto.
His work at the PCC revolves around climate model data and climate change adaptation, from which he draws on his previous experience working on climate change adaptation with UNICEF at the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office in Panama. Matthew enjoys the outdoors and has had opportunities to explore various regions of the natural world through his studies, including the Pacific temperate rainforests of British Columbia, the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of the Southwest US, and the tropical rainforests of Panama.
Aaron Coelho, Kanaka Bar Indian Bar / Urban Systems
Aaron Coelho is a climate change specialist with a focus on infrastructure risk assessments and resiliency planning. Aaron’s strength lies in his ability to navigate the complex and sensitive nature of climate change and work directly with communities and stakeholders to develop adaptation plans.
Over the last four years, Aaron has worked with Kanaka Bar on climate change planning and environmental monitoring initiatives. Working closely with leadership and community, he supported the development of Kanaka’s 2018 Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan. Since 2018, Aaron has helped Kanaka implement many of the adaptation strategies, particularly environmental monitoring initiatives which include weather stations, air quality monitoring and streamflow monitoring. Aaron’s background is in hydrology and water resources; however, his work extends to include a broader range of climate change considerations including infrastructure planning, human health, food security and social impacts.