Understanding and Assessing Impacts

The 3-year project deployed a project team consisting of members of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) which included members of various provincial ministries. The project team along with the community first compiled western information related to area specific climate change trends as well as Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and community knowledge. With this information the project utilized risk and vulnerability assessments to systematically understand the challenges facing the Georgina Island community. This information helped to highlight current effects on the community such as unsafe ice conditions, unpredictable fish populations and reductions in water quality. The assessments showed that factors such as increasing wind speeds and changing seasonal patterns exacerbate concerns over future water quality and winter access to the island.