National Chief Dwight Dorey of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples will be attending the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, France. The Chief’s participation in the conference will help ensure that the voices of Indigenous Peoples affected by climate change are heard and prioritized in the discussions.
“Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront in the battle against climate change,” Chief Dorey stated. “We need to work towards creating an environmental strategy that recognizes the rights of Indigenous Peoples, our territories and our resources.”
The National Chief was invited by Environment and Climate Change Canada to attend the 2015 climate change conference, which is poised to create, for the first time in 20 years, a binding agreement between nations on climate change and its mitigation.
The conference comes at a crucial time in Canadian history. Scientific research has shown that Canada is facing the rate of global warming at twice the global rate, and it is the country’s Artic region which is feeling the greatest impact.
“Indigenous Peoples have historically had an intimate relationship with the land and the environmental impact of climate change is destroying that symbiosis,” says Chief Dorey. “We have to agree on an environmental strategy that accepts climate change as a human rights issue, one that recognizes the importance of traditional knowledge in mitigating the effects of climate change, and a strategy that embraces the full participation of all Indigenous Peoples.”
Chief Dorey will be travelling to Paris on Thursday, December 3 and returning on Thursday, December 10, 2015.
“I believe that Indigenous leaders have the ability to make an impact on state-dominated discussions,” Chief Dorey stated. “The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples will support Canada in addressing global warming and in reducing carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.”