What is the Community for Climate Project?
Thanks to funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, Manitoba’s Climate Action Team (CAT) has been given the opportunity to partner with a number of communities in Manitoba to find ways to reduce the use of fossil fuels and increase preparedness for climate impacts. To date we have met with 10 different communities to present the Road to Resilience and hear from community members about climate change mitigation and adaptation in their region.
Among these 10 communities, five were Indigenous communities, four were settler communities and one was an urban community. They included Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Swan Lake First Nation, Little Black River First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation, Pinaymootang First Nation, Altona, Brandon, Manitou, Clearwater, and Waverley in Winnipeg. Four of these communities (Altona, Brandon, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and Swan Lake First Nation) moved on to be part of phase two of the Community for Climate Project. In phase two, we are working together to expand climate conversations among citizens, build local knowledge and skills, and draft a community-led climate action plan.
Communities we’re working with:
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
Workshop feedback form
Community for Climate Project Areas
Manitoba’s Climate Action Team will be hosting 5-10 free workshops/presentations in each community between now and March 2024. Each community has chosen different topics, but all of them relate to how you and your household can be part of mitigating and adapting to climate change in your region.
Earth Team (Community Building Green Audit)
Each “Community for Climate” location has put together an Earth Team. Each Earth Team is participating in a community building green audit with CAT’s green audits team. We will meet together five times to not only conduct an in-depth green audit of a building in each community, but also equip group members with the skills and tools needed to conduct further audits on their own. At the end of the project the community’s Earth Team will receive a report with recommendations from CAT’s green audits team, as well as up to $7500 to implement recommended actions from the report.
Working Group (Developing Community Climate Action Plan)
Each Community for Climate location has put together a Working Group. Each Working Group will be participating in a series of consultations and conversations about climate change mitigation in the region. They will work together with CAT, incorporating contributions from the Earth Team and the broader community (via workshops and presentations), to develop a Community Climate Action Plan. Once the Climate Action Plan has been developed, up to $50,000 will be awarded to go towards implementation of pieces found in the plan.
Community Workshops and Presentations
All events are free to attend!