Ensure Indigenous perspectives, communities and worldviews shape initiatives and policies

UBC is working towards mechanisms and processes that ensure Indigenous perspectives, communities and worldviews shape the development and implementation of climate-related initiatives and policies.

The negative impacts of climate change disproportionately affect Indigenous peoples due to their relationship and dependence on the environment. In addition, Indigenous peoples’ legal position in settler societies and institutionalized colonialism limit their ability to adapt to and cope with climate change. This amplifies the need for Indigenous perspectives, communities, and worldviews within broader institutional climate emergency plans, strategies, and activities.

Progress Highlights

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Efforts to support this strategic priority area are emerging as UBC’s new Climate Emergency Senior Managers explore opportunities to use UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) and Self-Assessment Tools to support embedding Indigenous perspectives into climate-related policies and initiatives.

Project

Progress
Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP): Through this plan, UBC became the first university in North America to commit to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). September 2020. Learn more

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UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) embeds ISP in New Strategic Plan: The USI was among the first units at UBC to use the Self-Assessment Tool and weave key ISP actions into their new five-year strategic plan. July 2021. Learn more.

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