Climate Change Monitoring (creegeoportal.ca)

Starting in 2009 the Cree Trappers Association (CTA) the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment (JBACE) and the Cree Regional Authority (CRA) received funding from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to carry out a study called “Identification of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures for the Hunters, Trappers and Communities of Eeyou Istchee”

The main purposes of this project were to:

  • improve the understanding of the environmental implications of climate change in James Bay (Eeyou Istchee), drawing both on local (Cree) and Western science perspectives;
  • improve the understanding of the human implications of climate change for Eeyou
    Istchee, with a specific focus on the impacts on hunters, trappers and other community members;
  • identify the vulnerabilities of Eeyou Istchee to climate change, as well as the possible avenues for mitigation of, and adaptation to its impacts; and
  • enhance awareness among Cree of the implications of climate change in their territory,
    and encourage Cree participation in mitigation and adaptation measures.

An application on the Cree Geoportal has been developed to have an ongoing map to report climate change observations. The types of observations that we would like to obtain are divided into five main themes: Infrastructure, Land, Water, Weather and Wildlife. Periodically these observations will be displayed on the climate change map for the information of all Geoportal users.

Phase two of this study took place in 2010-2011 a final report was prepared and submitted to the funding parties and all Cree communities. All reports produced by this study are available on the climate change application on the Cree Geoportal.