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The Climate Change Secretariat addresses climate change in Nunavut through three interrelated areas: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Knowledge Mobilization.


The Adaptation Section focuses on ensuring Nunavummiut are prepared for and have the resources available to adapt to climate changes. This includes ensuring climate change adaptation measures are incorporated into decision-making and policies.

Some projects and initiatives include:

*For more information on current Adaptation initiatives please visit our website.


The Mitigation Section focuses on greenhouse gas reduction, energy conservation, and supporting alternative energy development in the territory, in order to reduce Nunavut’s reliance on diesel.

Some projects and initiatives include:

  • Community Energy Audits - Energy audits in communities across Nunavut help residents better understand what they can do to improve their home’s energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
  • Greenhouse Gas Databank for Nunavut – an energy database that provides data on greenhouse gas emissions from heating, electricity, and transportation sources.
  • Energy Wise Campaign – partnering with Qulliq Energy Corporation and Nunavut Housing Corporation to deliver an energy conservation awareness campaign.

*For more information on current Mitigation initiatives please visit our website.


Knowledge Mobilization

The Knowledge Mobilization Section supports Nunavummiut in learning about climate change, understanding its impacts, and providing resources to help them take action in their own lives and communities.

Some projects and initiatives include:

*For more information on current KMb initiatives please visit our website.  

For more information or questions contact us.


Adaptation is taking steps to prepare for or respond to the effects of climate change. It can be an action that takes advantage of new opportunities or that addresses the negative impacts of climate change. An example of an adaptation is changing the way we build homes so they are stable even when the permafrost thaws.

Mitigation is taking actions that reduce or minimize the effects of climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions or the amount of pollution is one way to help slow climate change.

Knowledge Mobilization is the two way sharing of information between different groups with the outcome of creating action. An example is sharing Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and scientific climate change data between Elders and researchers in order to inform climate change decisions.