In a members statement last week Niki Ashton stated climate change is a reality in our north and First Nations and northern communities are feeling it. She explained this past week the federal government made an announcement in her home community committing 28 million dollars to rebuild an airport in Thompson which is sinking because of melting permafrost. She said this in a important investment but it’s not enough as it doesn’t change the reality of the 18 communities in our North who are facing a crisis of isolation as a result of climate change. She noted these 18 communities depend on ice roads as their lifelines and these are disappearing.
Ashton asked when the federal government is going to act urgently for communities desperate to deal with the reality of climate change adding First Nations can’t afford to wait any longer.