Community climate change resilience planning in the Tsleil Waututh Nation

Tsleil-Waututh are the People of the Inlet and have used, occupied and governed the lands and waters of Burrard Inlet and surrounding watersheds since time immemorial. It is the birthright, obligation, and sacred trust of the Tsleil-Waututh to care for and restore this environment to a state of health and balance. The Tsleil-Waututh people have noticed the complex impacts of climate change in their territory for decades. Tsleil-Waututh community members are developing a Community Climate Change Resiliency Planning Process (CCCRP) that aims to build understanding of the impact of climate change hazards on the Tsleil-Waututh community, to institutionalize climate resiliency planning through Tsleil-Waututh’s government, and to develop adaptation strategies for future prioritization and implementation to ensure that current and future generations of Tsleil-Waututh people can continue to thrive in a changing climate. The Tsleil-Waututh’s unique eco-cultural and archeological approach to hazard mapping has revealed previously unknown climate information and their work continues to shed light on historical oceanic conditions and temperatures, and potential impacts to their way of life.

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