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Indigenous Communities Are on the Front Lines of Climate Change

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  • This video highlights the importance of knowledge from Indigenous communities about changing climates and adaptation.
  • It also highlights that valuable Indigenous knowledge is not being used or applied in many countries, but that partnerships between Indigenous communities and scientists are helping us better understand the changes occurring today.
Teaching Tips
  • The video incorporates engaging imagery and clear text captions to ensure student understanding. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is a commercial at the beginning of the video. The video content ends at 5 minutes, 18 seconds. 
  • Students will need to have a basic understanding of the concept of climate change. 


Scientist Notes
This 6-minute video discusses that the knowledge held by indigenous communities has historically been ignored. This resource showcases indigenous communities in Northern Canada as an example and presents ways that these communities have learned from (and how they understand) the ecosystems they depend on for food and shelter. This resource also presents examples of ways in which climate change is causing these indigenous communities to move away from traditional practices in order to survive. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • World History: Global Studies - History, Culture, and Perspectives
      • 6.2.12.HistoryCC.1.f: Assess the political, social, and economic impact of the interactions between indigenous peoples and colonizers over different time periods (e.g., Columbian Exchange, forced labor, slave trade and slavery practices, spread of disease, lingering effects on cultures).
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.GCA.1: Collaborate with individuals to analyze a variety of potential solutions to climate change effects and determine why some solutions (e.g., political. economic, cultural) may work better than others (e.g., SL.11-12.1., HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-4, 6.3.12.GeoGI.1, 7.1.IH.IPERS.6, 7.1.IL.IPERS.7, 8.2.12.ETW.3).
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