December 3rd, 2019
MP REPORT: NDP Transport Critic Niki Ashton Calls for Climate Change Adaptation Action for Northern and Indigenous Communities
This week, the focus of the world is on COP25 – the UN conference on climate change in Madrid.
Climate change threatens everything we do.
It is already having a major impact in Canada, especially on Northern and Indigenous communities.
One major impact is on Transportation. In Manitoba, for example, 21 communities rely on ice roads. The ice road season is getting shorter and shorter, meaning that a lifeline for so many Indigenous communities is disappearing.
COP25, must include a focus on how Indigenous and Northern communities in Canada are already paying the price for climate change.
We have an urgent responsibility to take on climate change by tackling greenhouse gas emissions and taking on big polluters. Urgent action also means investing in climate change adaptation with a recognition of the disproportionate impact in Indigenous and Northern communities.
Our infrastructure, including transportation infrastructure, is wholly inadequate to deal with the catastrophic effects of climate change.
We need a federal government that will listen to Indigenous communities and work with them in making the investments needed, such as all weather roads and much needed airports in isolated communities like Wasagamack and Pauingassi. It is a matter of justice.”