The Qalipu First Nation has begun conducting interviews to gather information that will be used to help communities adapt to the challenges of climate change.
Interviews will be held in the communities of Lark Harbour, Cox’s Cove, Burgeo, St. George’s, Cape St. George, Stephenville Crossing, Lewisporte, Bishop’s Falls, and the Gander Bay area from Feb. 12 to March 29.
Interviews are open to members of the band and self-identifying Mi’kmaq aged 14 and over.
Topics of discussion will include extreme weather events such as flooding and the impact on water quality, community infrastructure, and emergency preparedness; coastal erosion and rising sea levels and the impact they may have on spiritual grounds and medicinal plant sites; forest use and the impact climate change may be having on this use, and plant and animal life.
To schedule an interview, residents of Lark Harbour, Cox’s Cove, Burgeo, St. George’s, Cape St. George and Stephenville Crossing are asked to contact research assistance Joanne Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 709-634-4706.
Residents of Lewisporte, Bishop’s Falls and the Gander Bay area may contact research assistant Nancy Jeans at email@example.com or call 709-393-6771.