Kashechewan Climate Change

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Aim The aim of this research is to examine how Kashechewan people are affected by and respond to climate change impacts, and to explore what contribution traditional knowledge can make for present and future adaptation. Objectives i. Examine how people perceive climate change and its existing and future impacts. ii. Study their short- and long-term climate change and flooding experiences. iii. Analyze their past adaptation practices to adapt to the effects of present and future changes. iv. Explore what contribution traditional knowledge can make for climate change adaptation. Background Climate change is a global phenomenon, which impacts different people unevenly (Vinyeta and Lynn, 2013). Research suggests that public beliefs on climate change…show more content…
However, the research in northern Canada has focused more on the impacts of climate change (Ford and colleagues; 2012; Furgal and Seguin, 2006). The research has mainly focused on subsistence and harvesting, health and well-being, culture, and transportation. The research shows that people’s capacity to adapt to climate change is a neglected field. This indicates that research on how people can adapt to existing and future climate change is lacking. Thus, I will focus on the past adaptation practices, existing and future climate change…show more content…
I will focus on “respectful collaboration” and “reciprocity” throughout the study (Battiste, 2008; Kovach, 2009). Practices that promote community’s full and authentic participation e.g. collaborative analysis of data will be adopted (Staton, 2014). While honoring the community’s history and potential, this research will offer opportunities to participants to share their live experiences (Staton, 2014). Principles of “respect,” “relevance,” “reciprocity,” and “responsibility” (Kirkness and Barnhardt, 2001) will be followed: Respectful inclusion of the participants (Staton, 2014); flexibility in the community’s “interests, questions, and needs as they arise” (Kovach, 2009); giving something back to the community (Bishop, 2005, p. 123); and sharing their knowledge responsibly (Staton,

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