Gitga’at Climate Change Adaptation Plan
Hartley Bay, Gitga’at Nation’s main community, is a remote, coastal community that is potentially very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. For example, climate related weather changes are anticipated to effect many cultural sites as well as traditional activities such as fishing, hunting and gathering which accounts for over 50% of their food. EcoPlan and ‘A Closer Look Consulting’ worked with Gitga’at to develop an understanding of the potential impacts from climate change in their region, and how the effects will overlap with their current way of life and what is important to them (for both on- and off-reserve members). From there, community engagement and structured decision making led to the creation of adaptation action ideas, and the prioritization of these ideas into a concrete strategy for adaptation.