Indigenous Climate Health Action Program

The Impact of Climate Change • Climate Change and First Nations Health • Climate Change and First Nations Leadership • Project Components • How to Apply​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FNHA’s Indigenous Climate Health Action Program (ICHAP) supports First Nations leadership in reducing climate change impacts on health. 

Climate change affects physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in many ways. Through ICHAP, communities can strengthen their climate health resilience by working together to improve the environmental, social, cultural and economic factors that affect their health and wellness. 

The Impact of Climate Change

Climate change can affect human health in two main ways:

  • by changing the severity or frequency of existing health problems
  • by creating unprecedented or unanticipated health threats in places where they have not previously occurred 

Climate Change and First Nations Health

Climate change affects health and wellness directly and indirectly. 

First Nations’ deep cultural connections to the land, water and air make many First Nations in BC more susceptible to climate impacts on health and wellness. 

Over the past decades, BC First Nations communities have observed rapid changes in temperatures, weather patterns and plant and animal behaviours. Higher temperatures, extreme weather conditions, sea level rise and acidification of waterbodies are all connected to climate change and influence health. 

Climate Change and First Nations Leadership

Climate change has created an opportunity for First Nations communities to demonstrate leadership. In August of 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) acknowledged the importance of Indigenous Knowledge in climate change adaptation and mitigation and stated that Indigenous values play a key role in building climate resilience. 

Project Components

​ICHAP funds climate action projects that are community driven and focus on health and wellness outcomes. 

Projects can focus on climate health in general or on developing a strategy or action plan to reduce climate change impacts on community health. 

Some examples of focus areas are:

  • food security and food sovereignty
  • access to the land
  • mental health
  • traditional medicine
  • traditional harvesting
  • water quality and quantity​

How to Apply

ICHAP is now accepting expressions of interest (EOIs) for projects starting spring 2024 onward! EOIs (template provided via email below) will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the available funding has been allocated. Successful EOIs will be invited to develop full proposals.

Please contact us at to request a copy of the EOI template.                  

Please note:
  • Given limited funding available, EOIs will be reviewed with preference given to communities that have not received ICHAP funding in the previous year.
  • We will respond to all inquiries and requests for copies of the EOI template. If you don’t hear back from us within 3 business days please follow up to confirm we received your email​


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