Climate Change

Climate Change Council

The NWT Climate Change Council is a forum for the sharing of information, for collaboration, and for engagement between non-elected staff of Indigenous governments and Indigenous organizations, representatives of NWT communities and the GNWT, with input from external partners. The Council provides guidance and advice to inform and advance GNWT climate change and environment programs in alignment with IGO and community perspectives, interests, and knowledge. Further, the Council provides an opportunity to build on and strengthen relationships, shared understandings, and trust, which supports the GNWT’s commitment to move towards implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). They will work with advisory panels and groups including Elders, youth, and stakeholders to find shared solutions to the challenges and opportunities we face. The NWT Climate Change Council will also gather input from the Climate Change Advisory Group that includes environmental non-government organizations, industry, co-management organizations and academia.  
The Council will help inform the development, implementation and review of the following GNWT programs, agreements, strategies, and action plans such as the:
  • 2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework, 2019-2023 Action Plan, and future action plans
  • 2030 NWT Energy Strategy and Action Plan
  • NWT Water Stewardship Strategy and action plans
  • Transboundary Water Management Agreements
  • NWT Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program
  • Sustainable Livelihoods Action Plan 2019-2023

NWT Climate Change Council – Membership list

Organization[1]   Members and Alternates
Acho Dene Koe First Nation Appointed:Andrew Dieleman
Alternate: Chirag Patney
Akaitcho Dene First Nations No members designated
Dehcho First Nations Appointed: Ramona Pearson
Alternate: Mike Low
Délı̨nę Got’ı̨nę Government Appointed: Gina Bayha
Alternate: David Little
Gwich'in Tribal Council Appointed: Nolan Rainville
Alternate: Kanda Gnama
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Appointed: Roxanne Springer
Alternate: Shanay Williams
Kátł’odeeche First Nation Appointed: TBD
Alternate: Debbie Miller
North Slave Métis Alliance Appointed: Shirley Coumont
Alternate: Alan Alex
NWT Métis Nation

Appointed:  Tim Heron (Co-Chair:)

Alternate: Lorne Napier

Sahtu Secretariat Inc.

Appointed: Orlena Modeste
Alternate: Dakota Erutse

Salt River First Nation

Appointed: Warren Sikyea

Alternate: Alexander (Donny) Beaulieu

Tłı̨chǫ Government Appointed: Phoebe Rabesca
Alternate: N/A
Nahanni Butte Dene Band

Appointed: Chief Steve Vital
Alternate: Soham Srimani

Northwest Territories Association of Communities Appointed: Sara Brown
Alternate: N/A
Department of Environment and Climate Change Appointed: Julian Kanigan, (Co-Chair) 
Alternate: Cory Doll (A/Co-Chair)
Department of Infrastructure Appointed: Loretta Ransom
Alternate: N/A

NWT Climate Change Council Priorities

  • The NWT Climate Change Council has identified its initial areas of focus including mitigation, community adaptation planning, impacts on the environment, impacts on people, and information sharing and outreach.
  • Informed by the areas of focus, initial meetings aimed at building a shared understanding of climate change impacts and initiatives have taken place in the NWT.
  • Key objectives of the Council require members to share the perspectives and interests of their organizations; share useful information, including Indigenous or scientific knowledge; and identify opportunities, concerns and emerging issues and seek solutions.
  • Informing GNWT priorities and informing and building alignment of priorities with Indigenous governments and Indigenous organizations is also a key part of a Council member’s role.
  • Scheduled and potential agenda items for the next several Council meetings include:
    • Engaging on the NWT (Adaptation) Risk and Opportunities Plan: Building a shared understanding of NWT climate priorities.
    • Gaining Council perspectives on NWT input to the National Adaptation Strategy.
    • Exploring the case for regional adaptation positions.
    • Input into the 2022-2025 Energy Action Plan.
    • Initiating the Youth Advisory Group.
    • Informing:
      • An NWT Climate Change Outreach Plan
      • Climate Monitoring and Climate Impact Monitoring Plans
      • Climate change research priorities
      • Climate Information Library
      • Forest landscape vulnerability
      • Climate Change Strategic Framework Evaluation

Upcoming meeting(s) and agenda

Meeting date

Fall 2023

Agenda items for the 2023 Council meetings include:

  • Engaging on the NWT (Adaptation) Risk and Opportunities Plan: Building a shared understanding of NWT climate priorities.
  • Informing the coordinated implementation of the National Adaptation Strategy in NWT.
  • Informing Adaptation Capacity Positions.
  • Informing NWT emission targets.
  • Initiating the Climate Youth Advisory Group (CYAG).

Previous meeting agendas