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For Our Future: Indigenous Resilience Report

The For Our Future: Indigenous Resilience Report is the first Indigenous-led report under the National Knowledge Assessment process. It is grounded in the teachings of First Nation, Inuit and Métis Elders and Knowledge Holders. It aims to center Indigenous leaders, Elders, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and offers a decolonizing lens to climate change dialogues.

The report presents five key messages:

  1. Indigenous Peoples have unique strengths for responding to environmental and climate changes.
  2. Climate change is one of many crises that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis face.
  3. Indigenous Knowledge Systems and lived experiences are essential components of climate action.
  4. The food, water and energy nexus is central to First Nation, Inuit and Métis climate leadership.
  5. Self-determination is critical to Indigenous-led climate action.

These messages draw from a set of twelve key principles that are shared across First Nations, Inuit and Métis backgrounds and histories that helped guide their work. Together, they emphasize the central role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in climate action. The report urges policymakers, academics, and leaders at all levels to act on these key messages, making it clear that we’ve reached a “tipping point” that calls for attention to Indigenous wisdom.

Explore the different sections or download the full report here.