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Nikan Oti: The Future

Understanding adaptive capacity in two First Nations

This project examined how two First Nations communities have taken initiatives to address adaptation and adaptive capacity. An exploration of how these communities make adjustments to their natural or human systems to minimize their risks and position them to take advantage of new opportunities that climate change may present. The research contributes to an understanding of adaptation and adaptive capacity, both to a broader understanding of these in general but also specifically relevant to First Nations communities. First Nations perspectives and western methods in science and technology are engaged in a reciprocal process of learning that will greatly enhance understanding of human responses to climate change. The research focuses on the community initiatives of the James Smith and Shoal Lake Cree Nations and how science and technology can enhance community aspirations for minimum risk adjustment in response to actual or expected changes.

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