Trees Are an Important Part of Climate Change Adaption in Sandy Bay

Earlier this month hundreds of trees were planted in Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation. This year CIER has been working with Sandy Bay to create a climate change adaptation plan, using CIER’s Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation Planning (ICCAP) Guidebooks.

Trees are an important part of climate change adaptation. Not only can they provide habitats for birds, insects, and other creatures, but they also remove carbon dioxide from the air. Trees are also an important part of the water cycle and can help prevent erosion. 

CIER staff have been hosting workshops in collaboration with the community’s Climate Change Coordinator Lindsay McIvor and Youth Coordinator Kateri Roulette in order to give community members opportunities to discuss ways they’ve been experiencing climate change. 

At a community engagement event in March, they heard from several Elders from the Sandy Bay Council of Elders about the cultural importance of different trees and how vital it was to have more trees planted in Sandy Bay. 

There was a lot of excitement around the idea of tree planting in the community, and over 100 households in Sandy Bay requested trees. 

CIER is excited to be partnering with Sandy Bay First Nation on this project. We were overjoyed with the response from the community and loved hearing about why trees are important for so many people. 

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