Webinar Series – Building Climate-Resilient Communities

13/01/2021 - 24/02/2021

Thank you for taking part in the PRAC Webinar Series: Building Climate-Resilient Communities!

In this series, we explored how systems built to help communities adapt and grow while dealing with the impacts of climate change can also contribute to managing other shocks and stressors, like the current global pandemic.

Each session focused on a topic relevant to building a community’s resilience to the multiple impacts of climate change experienced in the Canadian Prairies, including climate-resilient food systems, inclusive planning processes, and moving from planning to implementation.

Watch the sessions below to learn more about adaptation progress in the Prairies.

January 13, 2021 : Envisioning Resilient Prairie Communities

The first webinar of this series explored what it means to be a “climate-resilient” community and provided real examples of how communities have built systems that have increased their resilience to extreme weather events and capacity to manage other shocks and stressors.

Speakers:

  • James Magnus-Johnson, Director of the Resilience Institute, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg
  • Glenda Watson, Mental Health & Addiction Advisor, NITHA BHSc. M.Ed., CCC, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, La Ronge, SK
  • Patrick Hassler, Emergency Response Coordinator, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, La Ronge, SK
  • Jon Kell, Acting Transmission and Civil Design Dept. Manager, Hydro-Manitoba

January 27, 2021 : Building Resilient Food Systems across the Prairies

This session featured case studies from different perspectives within prairie food systems and provided an understanding of key challenges and opportunities to building resilience in this sector.

Speakers:

  • Susanna Klassen, PhD Candidate in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC and Director at Food Secure Canada
  • Carl McCorrister, Community Garden Coordinator, Peguis Community Garden
  • Alanna Gray, Policy Manager, Keystone Agricultural Producers
  • Lara Ellis, Senior Vice-President Policy and Partnerships, ALUS

February 10, 2021 : Engaging Diverse Voices in Adaptation Planning Processes

The third webinar showcased how to effectively engage diverse stakeholders in adaptation planning processes.

Speakers:

  • Amber Fletcher, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Social Studies, University of Regina.
  • Darrell Corkal, President, H2Adapt inc.
  • Amanda Broad, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Risk Management, B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
  • Jocelyn Joe-Strack, Yukon University.

February 24, 2021 : Enabling the Implementation of Adaptation Plans

The last webinar of the series examined the current progress of Prairie municipalities in climate adaptation planning, the challenges and opportunities being experienced, and the different ways in which municipalities are moving from planning to action.

Speakers:

  • Dave Sauchyn, Director, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative and Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Regina
  • Jeff Zukiwsky, Director, Climate Adaptation & Resilience, All One Sky Foundation
  • Kerra Chomlak, Manager, Environment, City of Leduc
  • Megan Jakilazek, Asset Management / GIS Technician, City of Selkirk