Métis Nation of Ontario Hosts 2SLGBTQIA+ Climate Change Forum

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10/24/2023

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) hosted a virtual Climate Change Forum on October 21, for Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ Métis citizens, their families and allies. Featuring a speaker from the MNO’s new Two-Spirit Working Group, the forum addressed the disproportionate impact of climate change on this community and explored strategies for mitigation, relief and recovery. Forum attendees also had the opportunity to share their feedback and insights, which will inform the MNO’s future Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy. “To increase climate resilience, we must first acknowledge that our Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ citizens bring unique perspectives and play significant roles within the Métis Nation, both historically and today, as visionaries, healers, medicine people, mediators and caregivers,” said President of the MNO Margaret Froh (she/her) – who is a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community herself. “We created our Two-Spirit working group to honour Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ Métis for their valued insights and perspectives and we’re committed to weaving their viewpoints into any new environmental protection policies,” said Froh. “This latest forum is one tangible example of how we’re making sure they have a dedicated ‘place in the circle,’ as we tackle climate change together.”

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