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More funding, better use of Indigenous practices could prepare communities for future crises’. First Nations and Indigenous communities in Canada need more support from the federal government to cope with future disasters related to climate change, according to a new report on Canada’s disaster resilience. Although people living in these communities are more likely to experience climate-related disasters, experts say not enough is being done to help them plan and prepare as Canada’s weather becomes more extreme. “The nations that I work with oftentimes feel like they’re ignored or left out,” said Amy Cardinal Christianson, a researcher with the Canadian Forest Service who studies the effect of wildfires in Indigenous communities. Christianson, who is Métis from Treaty 8 Territory in Alberta, said Indigenous communities facing a heightened risk of wildfires and other natural disasters say they’re being neglected by the government. “Most felt like if they had the resources, that they could provide better support and response in their communities,” she said. Christianson’s conclusions are supported by a new report, drafted by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) at the request of Public Safety Canada and released this week.

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