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Unity In Climate Action

The FNCI Nations

Meet the driving forces behind the FNCI: four Leadership Nations united in their commitment to climate action and a sustainable future, and their supporting Affiliate Nations.

Metlakatla First Nation

Chief Councillor Robbie Nelson

The Metlakatla First Nation, residing just north of Prince Rupert in a historically rich area, embodies a progressive community spirit rooted in deep cultural heritage. They are dedicated to protecting their lands and waters, emphasizing sustainable resource management to support their culture and future generations. This commitment ensures the health of their people and the vibrancy of their traditions, while engaging in sustainable development for the welfare of their community.

“As rights holders to our territory, as local stewards of our land and waters, and as citizens of the global economy, First Nations have a significant role to play in the race for decarbonization. We need to be, and will be, at the forefront of the energy transition—leading decarbonization for the well-being of our future generations, not just at home, but globally. ”

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Nisga’a Lisims Government

President Eva Clayton

The Nisga’a Lisims Government is  a modern governance structure deeply rooted in traditional culture and values. This forward-thinking government represents the Nisga’a Nation, proud stewards of the Nass River valley, where they have thrived since time immemorial. Embracing both tradition and the responsibility of self-governance, the Nisga’a Nation is a vibrant community committed to building a sustainable future for its nearly 7,000 members, spread across their ancestral lands and beyond.

“Climate policies and programs at all levels of government, including First Nations governments, are evolving quickly to meet stated 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. Our Climate Action Plan outlines pathways that can meaningfully advance other government climate policies by making them more locally and globally significant while reducing poverty in First Nations communities, taking us closer to a recovering climate.”

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Haisla Nation

Chief Councilor Crystal Smith

The Haisla Nation, centered in Kitamaat Village in British Columbia, is deeply connected to the Douglas Channel Region, a territory rich in natural resources and vital to their culture and sustenance. Known as “dwellers downriver,” the Haisla people have thrived here since time immemorial, living in harmony with the land and water that provide for them. Today, they continue to honor their heritage through traditional practices, while also focusing on the preservation of their environment for future generations.

“Our territories aren’t in a bubble…We need to have real solutions for the global impacts of GHGs. That’s what we are working together to provide so that what we live off of, which has sustained us from time immemorial in our traditional territories, has a chance to survive.”

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Halfway River First Nation

Chief Darlene Hunter

Nestled 75km northwest of Fort St John, the Halfway River First Nation holds a deep connection to their land and culture, speaking the Dane-Zaa language and practicing traditions that have sustained them for generations. Emphasizing the preservation of their lands and resources as outlined in Treaty 8, they strive for sustainable development and community well-being, honoring their elders and embracing a vision of environmental stewardship and cultural preservation for future generations.

“Treaty promises were made to last as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the river flows. But for decades, we’ve seen development degrade our lands without our consent. We are all responsible for protecting treaty rights. And when our sacred lands are destroyed, our way of life becomes harder. Nature-based solutions will help to protect and restore the ecosystems First Nations have always depended upon, giving us more opportunities for traditional activities and providing new economic opportunities. Our ancestors have lived off the land with a balance of give and take since time immemorial. We were taught by them, and we know what needs to be done to restore the balance of the natural world. We must, and we will, for the sake of ourselves, and future generations.”

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