August 2022 Climate Change & Water Newsletter


Call for Applications: Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples and local communities

United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) | Deadline: Sep. 15, 2022

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has 3 main objectives:

  • Conservation of biological diversity
  • Sustainable use of the components of biological diversity
  • Fair & equitable sharing of benefits from use of genetic resources

The Voluntary Fund seeks to facilitate the participation of Indigenous and local communities in meetings related to the CBD, including upcoming meetings in Montreal this December.

Questions? Email

Call for Applications: Climate Leadership Program

Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) | Sep. 16-18, 2022, 9am-1pm PDT (online via Zoom)

Indigenous individuals with a desire to create positive change in their community or organization are invited to apply to the Climate Leadership  Program. This online training focuses on how climate change is impacting Indigenous communities and rights, and empowers and uplifts Indigenous peoples to become climate leaders in our own communities.

ICA is pleased to offer participant subsidies and supports in order to build capacity in Indigenous communities while breaking down barriers for participation. These include subsidies for internet or phone service, childcare, meals, interpretation, and more.


RELAW Co-learning Program: Community Call-out

West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) | Deadline: Sep. 16, 2022

The RELAW Program deepens community-based capacity to engage in the articulation, revitalization, and application of Indigenous laws to contemporary issues. Participants will  learn about research approaches to applying and enforcing Indigenous laws, have the opportunity to engage with their nation’s own laws and processes, learn trauma-informed approaches to community engagement design and delivery, and more.

First Nations not currently participating in a RELAW project may nominate one or more community members or employees for the co-learning program starting November 2022. Interested individuals may nominate themselves with priority to representatives of First Nations.

To apply, please complete this Expression of Interest form and submit it to Rayanna Seymour-Hourie. First consideration will be given to applications received by September 16, 2022.


Call for Nominations: Indigenous Advisory Committee

Government of Canada | Deadline: Nov. 15, 2022

The Impact Assessment Agency works with its Indigenous Advisory Committee for expert advice on the development of key policy and guidance on the impact assessment system.

The  Committee is seeking qualified individuals to participate in policy and program development to ensure that the rights, interests and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples are acknowledged, affirmed and implemented in environmental and impact assessments.

For more information on the Committee's key activities, composition, qualifications, renumeration, and the application and selection processes, please visit their webpage.

If you are interested in applying to this committee, please submit the required documents to or by mail to the attention of the Indigenous Advisory Committee Secretariat, 160 Elgin St., 22nd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H3, by November 15, 2022.

The NIF is the first federal program focused on natural infrastructure. It aims to build community awareness of the value and opportunities of natural and hybrid infrastructure, and to increase its uptake and use across Canada. The NIF Small Projects Stream will support new projects with total eligible costs between $30,000 and $3 million.


The ARDM program will fund flood mitigation infrastructure projects for individual communities and joint applications submitted by multiple communities. There is over $81 million in provincial and federal dollars to support projects that increase structural and/or natural capacity with the intent of reducing, or even negating, the effects of flooding. 


Clean Energy in Indigenous, Rural, and Remote Communities

Applications reviewed on an ongoing basis

This funding focuses on Indigenous, rural, and remote communities that use diesel or fossil fuels for heat or power, and supports all project stages and a variety of technology types. Indigenous-owned or led projects, or projects with community partnerships, will be prioritized.


This webpage lists federal funding available to support Indigenous climate action for a safer and cleaner environment for future generations. Use the filters to narrow your search results.

Find available funding here.

On August 29, in Whitehorse, YT, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault (Minister of Environment and Climate Change) announced nearly $30 million in funding for more than eighty First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Guardians initiatives across Canada. 

These initiatives to address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are taking place from coast to coast to coast, providing benefits for Indigenous communities, the natural environment, and species at risk, including boreal caribou.

For more information, please visit the Indigenous Guardians webpage.


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