The Alberta Climate Change Leadership Plan and Indigenous Peoples of Alberta
This a plan that was created by the Alberta Government to address climate change and identify how we as indigenous communities in Alberta can play our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in our Metis Settlements. The money that supports this plan will come directly from the provincial carbon levy dollars that have been gathering since January, 2017.
The Government of Alberta has created the Indigenous Climate Change Initiative (ICLI) to support indigenous participation and identify how we can contribute to the overall goal of reducing GHG’s by providing grant funding that is specifically aimed at reducing carbon emissions.
Through a Government of Alberta grant the Metis Settlements General Council (MSGC) has hired Lee A. Thom as the Climate Change Coordinator and Charlene Holmes as the Climate Change Assistant. The goal of the MSGC Climate Change Initiative is to offer support, raise awareness and create OUR PLAN that is specific to our communities. This initiative will also help to identify how we can contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and become more environmentally responsible.
Lee A. Thom is currently meeting with Government officials on behalf of MSGC to create a joint managed delivery organization that will deliver existing and future programs and services. The intent is to clearly reduce carbon emissions. Parallel to that, the creation of economic development and training which will create job opportunities at home.
Important information related to Alberta’s Climate Change Leadership Plan and the mandate of the Metis Settlements General Council Climate Change Initiative: