Published: Apr 22, 2021Bulletin

AFN National Climate Strategy & Survey


AFN National Climate Gathering and Strategy

For decades, First Nations Elders and Knowledge Keepers have been telling us that Mother Earth is in a crisis. First Nations are often the first to see the impacts of climate change on the lands, waters and animals.  Our deep connection and reciprocal relationship with the land has allowed us to take an important leadership role to address the climate crisis. Mandated by Chiefs-in-Assembly, the AFN is developing a First Nations-led climate strategy.  The AFN National Climate Strategy will be informed by First Nations leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, women, youth, and experts in all areas of climate action.

At the AFN Annual General Assembly in July 2019, Chiefs-in-Assembly declared a First Nations Climate Emergency, recognizing that “climate change constitutes a state of emergency for our lands, waters, animals, and peoples” and passed AFN resolution 05/2019 Declaration of a First Nations Climate Emergency.  The resolution directs the AFN to work in coordination with First Nations, AFN regions and the Advisory Committee on Climate Action and the Environment (ACE) to plan a national gathering and develop a strategy.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, AFN hosted its first ever National Climate Gathering. On March 3 and 4, 2020, more than 400 First Nations from across Canada gathered on the traditional territory of the Ta’an Kwächän and the Kwanlin Dün to discuss the urgency of the climate crisis, and explore First Nations-perspectives on climate impacts, risks, and opportunities at a local, regional, national, and international level.

To learn more about findings from the first ever AFN National Climate Gathering please visit the AFN web site for report and videos from the event.

AFN National Climate Change Strategy Survey

In honour of Mother Earth Day on April 22, 2021, AFN launched the AFN National Climate Strategy Survey which aims to gather knowledge and best practices from First Nations that will inform the development of an AFN National Climate Strategy. Information collected from this survey will help identify key themes of action, priorities and expectations required for policymaking. This work at the national level will complement multiple regional efforts, that are taking place in British Columbia, Yukon Region, and the Atlantic Region, and offer a unique national perspective.

AFN recognizes the highest standards of research practice and will ensure the principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession) will be respected. Responses will remain confidential, and we do not collect identifying information such as name, email address or IP address.

For more information and to participate in the AFN National Climate Survey please visit:

For more information, please contact Graeme Reed Senior Advisor, Environment, Lands and Water Branch at [email protected]