Government of Canada providing support to Tuktoyaktuk in monitoring and managing impacts of Climate Change
"Climate change continues to affect our daily lives and our environment and Northerners are seeing the effects, first-hand, in the melting sea ice, coastal erosion, and record high temperatures. By working directly with territorial, Indigenous, and community partners, the Government of Canada is supporting community resilience and leadership to face the dramatic challenge of climate change. Tuktoyaktuk continues to show unity and determination to find solutions. The community is a leader in managing coastal erosion and is a source of knowledge that they can share with other northern communities facing similar climate change challenges. The Government of Canada remains a strong supporter of these locally-led efforts and will continue to be there as they work to protect and preserve their community for future generations."
The Honourable Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Northern Affairs
"I have seen the impact coastal erosion is having in Tuktoyaktuk and appreciate the deep concern the Inuit and all northern Canadians have about their future in a world of climate change. Through the Investing in Canada plan, our government is supporting hundreds of local solutions to protect Canadians from the impacts of climate change and improve quality of life for our children and future generations. Investments in resilient infrastructure like the climate change adaptation and clean energy initiatives announced today will help to protect and preserve northern communities now and into the future."
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, P.C., M.P.
Minister Infrastructure and Communities
"Climate change is a reality in the North that requires joint action and innovative solutions from all levels of government so we can have resilient, sustainable communities for our people. The Government of the Northwest Territories has been working with the community of Tuktoyaktuk to help creatively solve some of the difficult challenges facing them, and we appreciate the support of the Government of Canada to help us implement some solutions. By working together at the local, territorial and federal level, we are addressing the coastal erosion issues and continue to work as partners to address the community's needs."
The Honourable Caroline Cochrane,
Premier of the Northwest Territories
"Since the 1970's, the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk has witnessed the rapid deterioration of our peninsula which has threatened our homes and our livelihoods. As a community, we decided to tackle the problem head on and together we implemented a suite of adaptation measures aimed at protecting our community while preserving Inuvialuit culture, and traditions essential for a successful and sustainable future. Thanks to our residents, federal, territorial and industry partners, we are now in a position to share our knowledge and experiences with other communities threatened by critical coastal erosion due to climate change."
His Worship, Mayor Erwin Elias
Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories
Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program has contributed $4.5 million toward protecting Tuktoyaktuk's shoreline
Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program has contributed $517,720 to develop a locally-managed program to monitor climate change impacts in Tuktoyaktuk
Northern REACHE Program is providing $475,000 over two years to support the installation of 51 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic systems on four hamlet buildings
These three funding programs fall under the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, which is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities
- Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program
- Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program
- Northern REACHE Program
- Indigenous Services Canada – Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program
- Environment and Climate Change Canada - Climate Action Map
- Infrastructure Canada – Investing in Canada infrastructure plan
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Office of the Honourable Daniel Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
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