The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte are set to receive over $300,000 in funding for a community climate change impact study and a water source protection plan.
The First Nation Adapt Program provides funding to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management. Under this program, MBQ is set to receive $199,183 over two years.
The program works with First Nation communities to identify region-specific priorities, impacts, and opportunities for climate change projects. The program prioritizes First Nation communities most impacted by climate change related to sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road failures. These disruptive and costly impacts present significant challenges to meeting First Nation communities’ infrastructure needs.
The program provides support for communities to address one or more of the following types of projects:
- vulnerability assessments of climate change impacts on community infrastructure or emergency management
- development and assessment of adaptation options
- cost benefit analysis of adaptation options
The additional funding from Budget 2017 will support climate impact assessments and adaptation planning efforts in communities at significant risk of flooding. The program will work closely with communities to integrate the best scientific and Indigenous knowledge on climate indicators, flooding exposure and future climate projections.
Indigenous Services Canada’s Lands and Economic Development Services Program is also providing funding to MBQ of $102,190 to undertake an Intake Protection Zone Study in the amount of $102,190.
The proposed study provides the foundation to develop a water source protection plan as part of the multi-barrier approach to protect drinking water supplies from source to tap.
“I’m happy to see further movement from Indigenous Services to provide funding for the water needs of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. Chief Maracle and his team are strong advocates, and we have a government that is committed to helping improve the lives of Indigenous peoples.”
-Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“With the drought two years ago and the flooding of the past summer, we are eager to begin with assessment and planning activities that this funding will enable us to undertake. It is our goal to be in a position to be prepared to deal with more drastic fluctuations in weather and ensure that it is reflected in our Emergency Management Plan. Our priorities are to ensure the health and safety of our people and our environment.”
-R. Donald Maracle, Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte