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Climate Change Secretariat

Climate Change Secretariat

The Climate Change Secretariat (CCS) develops programs, policies, and partnerships that assist Nunavut in adapting to and mitigating the projected impacts of climate change.

Climate change is happening, and Nunavut is affected by these changes more than other places around the world. Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and scientific findings show that many changes are occurring in Nunavut. Elders, hunters, and other Nunavummiut are noticing changes on the land as well. Some of these changes include thawing permafrost, sea ice loss, and an increase in storms and extreme weather events. These changes affect communities across the territory and can be difficult to predict.

The CCS, established in November 2016, mobilizes resources that enable Nunavummiut to take leadership on climate change issues. The CCS addresses climate change adaptation and mitigation in Nunavut through initiatives and programs that respond to local needs, build local capacity, increase local resilience to the effects of climate change, and reduce diesel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the territory. Our vision is to create a Nunavut that can overcome and benefit from climate change.  


What we do

The CCS works across all GN departments, and provides a critical service through:

  • Preparing Nunavut for the impacts of climate change.
  • Leading inter-agency development of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies to reduce our reliance on imported diesel, the largest source of carbon emissions in Nunavut.
  • Coordinating climate change actions for government departments, agencies, and communities.
  • Representing the GN’s voice in national and international climate change negotiations and policy-making, reflecting Nunavut’s priorities and issues.
  • Reducing financial liabilities for government and communities linked to climate change.


Who we work with

The CCS has long-standing partnerships and relationships with many stakeholders with overlapping interests in both climate change adaptation and mitigation.

It is important that we build partnerships, use the best possible research to inform decision-making, and share information with all Nunavummiut. We work with many different partners, including Inuit organizations, federal agencies, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, community groups, and all GN departments and relevant agencies. We combine scientific information with traditional knowledge to expand our knowledge base, and provide education and engagement opportunities for Nunavummiut, including youth, decision-makers, and elders.


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The GN has several guiding documents that contribute to the vision and direction of the CCS in addressing both climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Upagiaqtavut (2011)

The Government of Nunavut approved Upagiaqtavut – Setting the Course: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Nunavut in 2011 as an updated strategic plan for addressing climate change. This document sets priorities for government based on four areas: 1) Partnership Building, 2) Research and Monitoring, 3) Education and Outreach, and 4) Government Policy and Planning.

Pan-Territorial Adaptation Strategy (2011)

The Pan-Territorial Adaptation Strategy, developed by the three territories, promotes collaborative action toward climate change adaptation in the Canadian Arctic. 

Ikummatiit (2007)

The Government released the Nunavut Climate Change Strategy in 2003. This Strategy outlines the early goals, objectives, and principles for the Government of Nunavut as it considered actions to reduce its greenhouse gases emissions and address the impacts of climate change.

For a full list of publications on climate change in Nunavut, visit our website.