Despite the global pandemic, youth in the Treaty #3 territory are still working to reduce the impacts of climate change in northwestern Ontario.

Grand Council Treaty #3’s Youth Climate Strategy Development teams are still meeting and working together virtually, and have worked to find other ways to discuss environmental priorities in their communities.

Youth from Naotkamewgwanning have been working with GCT3’s Territorial Planning Unit, with social distancing requirements in place. Youth got to observe surface water testing of a site directly in their landfill and a nearby bay. It’s part of the testing to study the effects of waste practices, and is funded by Indigenous Services Canada.

As well, Treaty #3 schools will host their own weather stations this school year, which will be equipped to monitor wind speed, direction, rainfall and much more. Leadership say the project will allow students to gather data on weather changes in their community.

The youth climate team is a branch of Grand Council’s Teaching Our Keepers Climate Education program, which began in November of 2017. It’s funded by Climate Change and Health Adaption Canada, and is now going into its fourth year.

50 youth attended a Climate Change Summit to learn more about stopping the effects of climate change in the Treaty #3 territory earlier this year, at Seven Generations in Kenora.

Youth had the opportunity to hear from several experts in the field, including those from Science North, the IISD-ELA, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the University of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre and Laurentian University.

Grand Council Treaty #3’s Youth Climate Strategy Development Teams also presented their draft strategies to the audience, where they detailed their ideas to curb climate change in the area.

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