This particular link is for the 2009 Summit, but I’m hoping that this is an annual event! Here, indigenous people gather to discuss the changes they are seeing and the strategies they are trying to employ to cope. Indigenous people tend to live in the harshest environments thanks to colonization, and thus they are receiving the brunt of the climate change. In addition to coping with the rapid changes Mother Nature is throwing at them are the rapid economic and social changes that have been ongoing.
What is becoming interesting as my research progresses is the statement that indigenous people rely so heavily on the land. The statement seems to suggest that non-indigenous people do not rely on the land nearly as much, and of course this is erroneous. The difference is that non-indigenous people are not as connected to the land. The resources come from the exact same places, but the connection is far more removed for non-indigenous people likely making them feel less vulnerable. Also, non-indigenous people tend to live in less severe climates due to colonization practices, and are likely not feeling the effects of climate change as harshly.