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To offset the carbon footprint of travel to and from this conference, over 300 trees were planted in northern Ontario.

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Goals of the

Up North On Climate Conference

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  • Increase attention to how the climate is changing in northern Ontario and how First Nations are being affected.

  • Encourage conversation and sharing of ways to adapt to the challenges of today’s climate in the north as well as to prepare for risks to the wellbeing of First Nations in the future, as the impacts of climate change become more severe.

  • Promote First Nation-led and collaborative initiatives that aim to protect and conserve the land and wildlife of the north in ways that recognize the rights, responsibilities, values and needs of First Nations.

  • Start a network for communication and support of those involved in monitoring and reducing the risks from changing climate in northern Ontario.

Speakers, panels, workshop and round table discussion will aim to increase awareness and knowledge of topics such as: 

  • What Elders say has happened to the weather in their lifetime.

  • What science says our children and grandchildren are likely to experience.

  • Impacts of climate change on people, buildings and the land
    (peat, forests, lakes, rivers, fish, and animals).

  • Adapting to flooding, wildfire, severe storms, shorter winter road seasons and invading species.

  • Engaging young people in understanding climate.


Climate change happens rapidly, but human change happens slowly. Our mandate to look after our own land is our own survival.
Papacee - We have to hurry up.
— Ovid Mercredi, April 25, 2018