The central importance of relationality for climate action and culturally sensitive land-use planning in Indigenous territories

By Geneviève Vachon, Florence Gagnon, Élisa Gouin and Samuel Boudreault
Indigenous communities are struggling with climate change that threatens their relationship to the territory that is the basis of their identity. Four concepts linked to indigenous realities – traditional knowledge, agency, temporality, and relationality – provide keys to understanding this threat. A research-creation project with an Anishinaabe community illustrates possibilities for adaptation as concrete levers for discussion and action.

Evaluating equity and justice in Vancouver’s Sea2City design challenge: An application of the JustAdapt framework

By Tira Okamoto and Andréanne Doyon
Coastal cities around the world are facing intersecting problems of adapting to sea level rise while addressing social equity. Vancouver, British Columbia – located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations – is no exception. The City of Vancouver recently completed the Sea2City Design Challenge (Sea2City), inspiring collaborative design concepts for False Creek, a narrow inlet near downtown Vancouver. Using Sea2City as a case study, this research applies the JustAdapt evaluative framework to evaluate equity and justice in coastal adaptation planning in Vancouver.

Reciprocal training: An instrument of epistemic justice in the campaign for a just energy transition

By Laurence Brière, Guillaume Moreau, Maude Prud’homme, Isabel Orellana, Marie-Ève Marleau, Martine Chatelain and Marie-Pier Lafrance
The eco-citizen movement for an energy transition is working to transform the dominant economic-energy system with a view to social justice and respect for the environment. By collaborating with stakeholders in this mobilization as part of an action-research project, we raised the epistemic justice issues inherent in this political project, and attempted to create spaces for reciprocal training, highlighting the diversity of types of knowledge. An innovative conceptual framework for energy justice was proposed, taking into account the very concrete realities of eco-citizen struggles and initiatives.

Setting just transition milestones: Chemins de transition challenges Quebecers to envision a sustainable future

By Franck Scherrer and Jeanne Paré
For three years, the Chemins de transition initiative brought together the academic community and the driving forces of Quebec society in a forward-looking, participatory process to map out a trajectory towards more sober and resilient ways of living in the territory by 2042. This text summarizes the process, focusing on the role of social justice in the mobilization of knowledge about the future.

ILEAU: An innovative greening campaign contributing to the ecological transition and urban resilience of Montreal’s east end communities

By Caroline Côté
ILEAU is a greening campaign launched in 2015 and coordinated by the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal, which is being rolled out in eight eastern Montreal neighbourhoods. The ILEAU campaign has developed a series of actions aimed at greening and creating islands of freshness through the involvement of different milieus: community, institutional and corporate. A vision of collective action, united in the large-scale project Green and Active Grid, mobilizes organizations and citizens to improve the living and working environment in the east end of Montreal.

The discourse of ecological transition in Greater Montreal

By Ali Romdhani and René Audet
Ecological transition is a recent form of environmental discourse, the successor to sustainable development in many institutions. Transition discourse was initially conceived on an urban scale: the Transition Towns movement popularized citizen initiatives and local action. Later, in Quebec, municipal institutions took up the issue, and planning documents proliferated.
Here’s an overview of the transition discourse in Greater Montreal.

Tourism: Brake or lever for climate change adaptation in small and medium-sized coastal cities?

By Alexis Guillemard
In areas where land and sea meet, tourism exploits resources that are sensitive to changes in climate. In Quebec, the St. Lawrence coastline is one of the province’s main attractions. At the same time, researchers and residents alike are observing the growing pressure of climate change, as well as an inequality of human, financial and technical resources between territories to enable adaptation.

Climate change adaptation and urban experimentation in Montreal: Progress and blind spots

By Hélène Madénian, Sophie L. Van Neste, Geneviève Cloutier and Émilie Houde-Tremblay
Cities are multiplying initiatives to become resilient to climate change. However, the impacts of adaptation choices and priorities are not always explicitly discussed. As part of Labo Climat Montréal, a research project and living laboratory, documentation of current practices and workshops helped stimulate learning and understanding of adaptation priorities and constraints in the redevelopment of an urban area. The results show an emphasis and innovation on stormwater management, with less attention to social vulnerabilities to heat and the impacts of development on surrounding neighborhoods. As climate hazards affect the various populations in an area in different ways, concerted and strategic actions need to be developed.