Fifteen young adults now have the tools to create climate projects around traditional knowledge and climate policy in Canada.
Jonathan Wilkinson, Environment and Climate Change Minister, announced $200,000 in funding through the federal government's Climate Action Fund to the Youth Climate Lab on Monday.
The program was developed by Youth Climate Lab in partnership with the Gwich'in Tribal Council and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.
The funding will support the creation of the FutureXChange program Of the 15 participants, half have been selected from Gwich'in communities and the other half from southern Canada. The participants have now dispersed across the country in their role as community activators to build local climate projects in their communities and raise awareness about climate change through digital outreach, community workshops, and conferences.
The Climate Action Fund provides up to $3 million annually to support projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, and research and educational institutions that raise awareness of climate change and encourage others to take meaningful climate action.
"Guided by the Ni'inlii Declaration, the Gwich'in Tribal Council will continue to inform, educate and equip young Indigenous people to be leaders in climate action,” said Jordan Peterson, Deputy Grand Chief/vice-president, Gwich'in Tribal Council.
A total of 19 projects were selected for funding from the 2019–20 Climate Action Fund intake.
Since 2018, CAF funding has supported a wide variety of initiatives that spur conversations and encourage climate action.