Warming Threatens First Nations’ Winter Road Lifeline
Unseasonably warm weather is imperiling the winter roads on which mid-northern Canadian First Nations depend for essential supplies, warns Isadore Day, Ontario regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.
The roads “serve as lifelines for food, fuel, and other necessities in several northern communities,” Canadian Press reports. But Day “is concerned the communities can no longer rely on the winter roads due to unpredictable weather conditions.”
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Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett “says the impact of climate change is ‘very worrying,’” agreeing that “there is ‘every evidence’ Canada’s aboriginal peoples are on the front lines of climate change,” CP notes. “Bennett says the government is open to examining the socio-economic impacts of the issue to allow for a long-term strategy to be developed.”