Since 2016-2017, the Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program has contributed $3.655 million to support the implementation of a suite of adaptation measures, including the relocation of residents from the peninsula to a different sub division located in the community that is at a higher elevation and to plan future steps toward the hamlet’s preferred adaptation option to mitigate the severe current and future impacts. More specifically, the funding will assist establishing the final coastal protection design, meet assessment, permitting and tendering requirements, and provide on-site construction services for the community’s proposed hybrid option. The Hamlet also received funding to support climate change scientists in engaging with the community to disseminate scientific knowledge on coastal dynamic processes ($172,000) and to structurally assess the morgue to determine whether it can withstand a move to a new location where there is minimal risk of coastal erosion ($10,000). In addition, the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation also received funding to operationalize the SmartICE technology to generate sea-ice information for community safe travel ($391,575), to respond to the impacts of deteriorating sea ice conditions ($108,345) and to engage the Youth of the community by producing a climate change adaptation documentary ($185,500). CIRNAC’s Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program has further provided $517,720 to develop a locally-managed program to monitor climate change impacts in Tuktoyaktuk and in areas used by the Inuvialuit for traditional activities. Additionally, CIRNAC’s Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity Program (Northern REACHE) is providing $475,000 over two years (2020-21: $225,000; 2021-22: $250,000) to support the installation of 51 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic systems on four hamlet buildings, including one on the community hall, one on the fire hall and two on the garage. The energy generated from this project will result in approximately $60,000 in savings and 19,000 litres of diesel avoided annually.
Overall, the combined support of CIRNAC through its different climate change programs represents a contribution of $5.516 million by the Government of Canada in support to Tuktoyaktuk to address the community climate adaptation and mitigation needs.