Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions

Overview

In the Fall Economic Statement in December 2020, the Government of Canada announced the Natural Climate Solutions Fund (NCSF) horizontal initiative to support nature-based solutions that reduce the effects of and adapt to climate change, all while supporting biodiversity and human well-being. NCSF includes three separate, but related, programs: Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) 2 Billion Trees program, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund (NSCSF), and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Agricultural Climate Solutions Program.

The Nature-Smart Climate Solutions Fund (NSCSF) is a $631 million, ten-year fund meant to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2-4 megatons annually through conservation, restoration and enhanced land management of wetlands, peatlands, and grasslands to store and capture carbon. Within this fund, up to $36.9 million has been set aside for Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions, to provide targeted support to Indigenous Nations, communities and organizations to engage as leaders in natural climate solutions. This funding further supports the Government of Canada’s commitment to Reconciliation.

Through the Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions stream, funding supports First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nations, communities and organizations to build capacity and to undertake on-the-ground activities for ecological restoration, improved land management, and conservation. These activities aim to effectively sequester carbon and maximize co-benefits for biodiversity, climate resiliency, and human well-being.

The Indigenous Guardians Secretariat is delivering funding for the Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions stream collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit and Métis using the existing distinctions-based governance structures in place for Indigenous Guardians.

The Secretariat invites you to consult this webpage regularly for more updates.

Governance structures for First Nations, Inuit and Métis

The Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions stream is being implemented jointly with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis using a distinctions-based approach that respects and recognizes the unique perspectives, rights, responsibilities and needs of Indigenous peoples.

Eligible organizations

Indigenous Nations, communities, governments, and representative organizations are eligible for funding under the Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions stream.

Eligible activities

Activities eligible for the Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions funding include, but are not limited to:

Conservation activities

Restoration activities

Enhanced ecosystem management

Planning and capacity building

All recipients of Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions funding for on-the-ground activities (restoration, improved land management, conservation) will be expected to dedicate resources to gathering information (including field data) to support reporting on GHG emissions from the project.

Although the main goal of the funding is to reduce Canada’s net GHG emissions, applicants through the Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions stream should also demonstrate evidence-based expected benefits for nature and human well-being, grounded in the unique needs and priorities identified by Indigenous partners. These may include expected outcomes such as increased community resilience and adaptation to climate change, improvements in food security, support for species at risk and/or species of cultural importance, increased capacity and economic opportunities, and the intergenerational transfer of knowledge.

Application process

The 2023–2024 application  process for First Nations Indigenous-led Natural Climate Solutions initiatives has now closed.

For the 2023–2024 application process,

Details about future application processes are in development with Indigenous partners using a distinctions-based approach with First Nations, Inuit and Métis. We invite you to consult this webpage regularly for more updates.

For more information

For more information, please contact the Indigenous Guardians Secretariat by email at
gardiensautochtones-indigenousguardians@ec.gc.ca.

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