Knowledge Resources & Publications


Climate Change and Indigenous People’s health in Canada

May 2022

In February 2022, Health Canada’s Climate Change and Health Innovation Bureau released Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. This comprehensive national study of current and projected risks from climate change to the health of Canadians includes ten chapters touching on the topic areas of health linkages; natural hazards; mental health and well-being; air quality; infectious diseases; water quality, quantity and security; food safety and security; health equity; adaptation and health system resilience; and significantly – for the first

Developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), the chapter Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada (PDF) looks at each of the different topic areas of the overall national assessment from the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples. Specifically, the chapter focuses on why Indigenous Peoples in Canada are uniquely sensitive to the direct and indirect impacts of climate change. It highlights the far-reaching and interconnected impacts of climate change on the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations. The chapter then discusses the role of Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous Peoples’ rights in climate change research, adaptation and policy responses.

A number of supporting resources have been developed by the NCCIH as part of this chapter. Namely, infographics, fact sheets, podcasts and webinars:


Fact Sheets



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