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Climate Change Initiatives

The Alberta Climate Leadership Plan and Indigenous Peoples

In 2015, the Government of Alberta (GoA) launched its first ever Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) to act on climate change and to protect the province’s health, environment and economy.  It is a made-in-Alberta strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while building communities and fostering new economic development opportunities.  The introduction of a price on carbon in January 2017, known as the ‘carbon levy’, is what funds the plan and its initiatives. Further information on the CLP can be found here.

A key component of the CLP is the Indigenous Climate Leadership Initiative (ICLI) which supports Indigenous participation in addressing climate change and advancing clean growth. ICLI is currently made up of seven grant funding programs that operate under a $150 million budget over three years (2017-2020). The program also supports the development of a joint governance structure between the GoA and Indigenous communities to administer the initiative.

The MSGC’s Climate Leadership Initiative is overseen by Charlene Holmes, the Climate Leadership Coordinator. The goal of the MSGC Climate Change Initiative is to offer support, raise climate awareness, build community capacity, create mutually beneficial relationships with all partners, and assure that the values of the Metis are built into every aspect of our climate change strategy.  This initiative will help to identify how we can reduce our carbon footprint and become more environmentally responsible while creating opportunities for our people and our communities.

To date, Charlene Holmes has secured over $250,000 in ICLI climate capacity and energy efficiency funding for MSGC and has assisted Settlements in preparing grant proposals for the Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s Indigenous Community Based Climate Monitoring Program. She co-hosted the 2018 Climate Leadership Summit and assisted with the coordination of the All Indigenous Leaders Apex on Climate.  Additionally, she coordinated an MSGC Climate Change Committee Environmental Conference in Calgary.  For more detailed information, click the MSGC Climate Leadership Initiative: Our Plan and Accomplishments link to the right.

Moving forward Charlene will continue to meet with GoA officials on behalf of the MSGC and sit on the Alberta Governance Technical Working Group and the Alberta Indigenous Electricity Technical Working Group. Her work will focus on advancing climate programming in the Settlements, project and proposal development, and the integration of the Metis into the provincial and regional low carbon economy.

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