The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Climate Gathering will bring First Nations experts, leadership, youth, women, knowledge keepers and other professionals to work on the most urgent crisis of our time – climate change.

The Gathering will offer an opportunity to explore First Nations solutions in the face of rapid change. The climate crisis is inseparable from the daily experience of First Nations. This National Climate Gathering will focus on First Nations perspectives on climate change. This will allow attendees a better understanding of how the climate crisis is accelerating and exacerbating existing challenges (e.g., biodiversity loss), so they can then discuss solutions in a multi-dimensional, interconnected, and interrelated way. For First Nations, a healthy environment connects to everything – health, well-being, cultures, languages, water, food security, and housing, among other things.

Provisional Gathering Agenda


Registration Package


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Gathering Overview

For several decades, First Nations knowledge keepers have told us that Mother Earth is in a crisis. They have been raising their voice to speak about the changes they are observing: changes in species migration, temperature, and irreversible impacts to the land. With the release of the Special Report on Global Warming Under 1.5 Degrees and Canada in a Changing Climate, Science has recently caught up.

In this new climate reality, where greater uncertainty is the norm, significantly reducing risks will require a sustained and ambitious approach to climate action. Given the interconnections between the sectors and systems upon which First Nations rely (e.g., health, food, energy, transportation, natural environment), this approach must also be holistic, integrated, and systems-based.

Proposed Gathering Topics include:

  • Climate change and First Nations’ right to self-determination
  • Meeting capacity needs to support First Nations as climate leaders
  • Fostering Indigenous knowledge systems and free, prior, and informed consent
  • Addressing natural and built infrastructure deficits
  • Ensuring First Nations’ self-sufficiency in the areas of food, water, and clean energy
  • Advancing just transitions towards ecologically sustainable and equitable First Nations communities

Gathering Goal:

The Gathering will seek to further articulate this “climate lens” through a diverse selection of panel presentations, workshops, video screenings, and outdoor activities (where possible).

Who Should Attend:

  • First Nations leaders and citizens
  • First Nations environmental specialists
  • Dedicated academics, environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) and government officials

Gathering Program


March 2, 2020

8:00AM – 8:00PM
Youth Gathering

5:00PM – 8:00PM
Gathering Registration

6:30PM – 8:00PM
Welcome Reception

6:00PM – 8:00PM
Welcome Reception


March 3, 2020


Hot Breakfast(Provided)

Opening Prayer & Ceremonies

Welcoming Addresses

Opening Keynote Address: Setting the Context

Health Break

Plenary Panel

Concurrent Sessions #1

Health Break

Concurrent Sessions #2

Return to Plenary

Plenary Presentation

Concurrent Sessions #3

Adjourn Day 1


March 4, 2020


Recap From Day 1

Plenary Presentation

Health Break

Concurrent Sessions #4

Concurrent Sessions #5

Health Break

Plenary Presentation

Closing Remarks/Closing Protocols

Gathering Adjourns

Film Screening


March 5, 2020

Hot Breakfast

Elders Tea – Drop In

Optional Post-Gathering Region Tour

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Would you be interested in presenting at the National Climate Gathering?

The National Climate Gathering Call for Proposals is now closed.


If you are interested in being part of our Climate Gathering agenda, please note that the Call for Proposals process closes on January 17, 2020, at 5:00PM (Eastern Standard Time).

More information on the Call for Proposals can be found on the AFN website (

Call for Proposals


Registration Process

Pre-Registration forms and payment must be received at the AFN office by February 26, 2020. An administration fee of $50.00 will apply for all cancellations prior to February 14, 2020; registration fees are non-refundable after February 14, 2020.

Please make cheques payable to National Indian Brotherhood. Payments and registration forms should be submitted to the attention of Tash Cote, Registration Coordinator, National Climate Gathering,
Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, 16th Floor, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6L5 or by fax to 613-241-5808 or email to [email protected].

Register On-line Registration Form

Registration Fees

(includes HST)

  • $195 – Chief
  • $195 – First Nations Delegates
  • $195 – Presenter/Speaker
  • $395 – Academic/ENGO/Government/Other

Hotel Accommodations

The following hotels in Whitehorse have set aside rooms for Gathering delegates.  Please note that there are a limited number of hotel rooms in Whitehorse so we would advise you to book your room as soon as possible.  Please note the deadline on the room rate is February 14, 2020.

Westmark Inn – 201 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

Days Inn – 2288 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon Inn – 4220 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon

  • Rooms are available starting on March 2 to March 5
  • Call 1-800-661-0454 or 1-867-667-2527 and quote group code AFN20 or the Assembly of First Nations, Climate Gathering to get the rate of $126/night

Edgewater Hotel – 101 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

  • Rooms are available starting on March 2 to March 5
  • Call to 1-587-774-1615 or 1-867-667-2572 and quote block 359 or the AFN National Climate Gathering to get the rate of $205/night

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the National Climate Gathering, please indicate your interest by email to [email protected].



All activities will be centred around the Coast High Country Inn, 4051 4th Avenue in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Flight Centre
If you do not have a preferred travel agent and require assistance making your travel arrangements to the Forum, please contact Tyler Brennan at Flight Centre Business Travel.

Tyler Brennan, Assistant Manager
Flight Centre Business Travel – Glebe
763 Bank Street – Room B
Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3

Telephone: 613-321-0120
Toll-free: 1-877-565-5295
Fax: 613-321-0426
E-mail: [email protected]

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Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Whitehorse, Yukon
  • The travel period begins March 1, 2020 and ends March 6, 2020.
  • No discount will apply to Basic or Standard fare bookings.



Please note that travel period is  March 1, 2020 to March 17, 2020.  There is a  10% discount off the best GoYukon, Saver or Optimum fare available at the time of booking (taxes, fees and surcharges are extra). Note that all fares are subject to change and seat sale fares do not apply.

Online reservations are simple, convenient and can be booked at any time!

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Registration Inquiries

Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
Email: [email protected]

General Inquiries

Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Fax: (613) 241-5808
Email: [email protected].

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