Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change


2011 Young Leaders' Summit on Northern Climate Change

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
November 10-12, 2011

Thank you to all the participants, presenters, guests, volunteers and sponsors who helped make the summit a great success.

There is a need to build capacity among young leaders who can speak on climate change in the North at home, nationally and internationally. Young northern residents have a major stake in climate change mitigation. There is already significant mobilization of youth at the international level on climate change. However, such dialogue on climate change policy barely exists in the North, despite northerners being among the largest per capita emitters of greenhouse gases and living in a region that will be heavily impacted by climate change. There is an immediate need to strengthen the network of young leaders in the North concerned with climate change, and to synchronize this network with national and global movements against climate change.
The growing youth climate movement in southern Canada has found effective ways to engage in climate change policy. However, the model for the southern youth climate movement is built on assumptions that don't hold true in northern Canada; it relies on youth being in or having access to large population centres, having access to decision-makers, and being able to convene in large numbers for conferences and collaborative efforts.
The goal of this summit is to arm youth with skills to promote local engagement on climate change through the lens of Large group at table.story-telling, which is an integral part of traditional northern cultures. Workshops will focus on media training, meeting facilitation and consensus-based decision making, information communication technologies and social media, writing (e.g. position statements, policy documents, letters, opinion-editorials, etc.), public speaking and presentations, and grassroots organizing. These workshops will be presented and facilitated by youth as much as possible.

Participants will come up with a plan during the summit for continued collaboration. Their post-summit efforts will be supported by members of the Northern Voices Coalition, who will stay in touch with participants to offer advice and assistance in their work on climate change.

Summit Outcomes

"Experiences of Climate Change from Inuit Elders," a video created by summit participants Jordan and Curis Konek.

Young Leaders in Action: Photos From the Summit 

Summit participants at work.Summit participants in a circle.Summit participants listen to a talk.Group photo of particpants.

2011 Sponsors

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Official Summit Air Carrier

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