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Chiefs of Ontario Statement on Climate Change

Climate Change Human Rights & INDIGENOUS Peoples
 
As the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) begins meeting to adopt a Protocol on Climate Change November 30th in Paris, it is imperative that Indigenous Peoples’ participation in convention processes be a priority.
 
First Nations in Ontario, and Indigenous Peoples around the world, are among the first to notice and face the consequences of climate change due to their close like to nature. Climate change may exacerbate already difficult situations faced by First Nations and is linked to the fate of non-Aboriginal peoples contributions to climate change.
 
Climate change poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world and has implications for the full enjoyment of human rights.
 
Climate change has implications for the enjoyment of fundamental rights to: life, adequate food, water, health, adequate housing, and rights to self determination.
 
Respect for the knowledge and rights of Indigenous Peoples and member of local communities, by taking into account relevant international obligations, national circumstances and laws, and noting that the United Nations General Assembly has adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (Decision 1/CP.16).
 
Applying Rights includes: Free Prior and Informed Consent; full and effective participation; land tenure and resources; equitable benefits; safeguarding communities and resolving disputes.
 
Traditional Knowledge is internationally recognized as an important guide for adapting to the impact of climate change. Though Indigenous Peoples lifestyles have contributed very little to climate change, they are among the most affected by it largely due to their close link to nature and dependence on local biological diversity.
 
For more information please contact:
 
Nathan Wright, Chief Operating Officer
(416) 597-1266
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