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Climate Change and Tribal Communities

The First Nations tribes in the Pacific Northwest apply Traditional Ecological Knowledge to understand when and how the effects of climate change impact plants and animals. 

1. Impacts on traditional activities

The tribes are greatly concerned about the effects of climate change on their traditional hunting, fishing, and gathering activities, as well as current farming projects. 

2. Changes to natural resources

Lands on the reservations as well as ceded lands where tribes maintain rights, provide resources and habitats essential for cultural, medicinal, and economic uses and community cohesion.   As the climate shifts some of these resources may no longer be available in places protected by existing treaties. 

The Pacific Northwest Climate Hub aims to help tribal communities cope with and adapt to these challenges.