Young People, Climate Change, and Resilience - Future Conference/Gathering

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing children and youth today, and for generations to come.

"Young People, Climate Change, and Resilience: Navigating an Uncertain Future" is an international Conference/Gathering intended to occur in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Victoria was settled in the heart of Coast and Straits Salish village sites and homelands, and we are grateful to host the proposed gathering here.  A key intention is to connect with Indigenous living culture and wisdom, to support harmonious cohabitation with all living things.

The overall Conference purpose is to build on knowledge that results in action, by bringing together global leaders from youth organizations, Elders, academia, Indigenous communities, and other adult allies.

Participants may come from the fields of child and youth wellbeing, human rights, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, climate change, community development, or related disciplines.  We are inviting academics, scientists, policy influencers, practitioners, private sector partners, philanthropists, and community leaders - especially youth or Indigenous leaders, and Elders of all backgrounds.  It is further intended to support participants to begin engaging in the months leading up to the gathering.

Co-operative conference planning has been initiated by the International Institute for Child Rights & Development (IICRD), in partnership with the Resilience by Design: Innovation Lab, both affiliated with Royal Roads University of Victoria, BC, Canada.

Young people cannot solve the issues of climate change on their own. Our collective goal must be to harness the creative activism of young people with the best of multilateral human rights, sustainable development, disaster and climate change agendas, and the ancestral Indigenous wisdom of harmonious co-habitation with our planet.

This gathering seeks to:

  • Understand how children and young people (across the life span) are increasingly affected by the risks impacts of disaster and climate change
  • Identify creative, innovative, and evidence-informed prototypes/solutions
  • Align these efforts with traditional Indigenous social and ecological knowledge and practice
  • Find strategic entry points to inform the global human rights, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and climate change agendas
  • Explore emergent, solution oriented adaptive systems interventions
  • Pose emerging questions warranting future research and creative exploration.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, you can read the Conference/Gathering CONCEPT NOTE, and contact IICRD Administrator Zorah Staar (, to explore opportunities to get involved!

PRELIMINARY LIST of ADVISORS involved in development of the Conference:

  • International Institute for Child Rights and Development (lead Partner)
  • Resilience by Design Innovation Lab, Royal Roads University (Partner)
  • Mike McKenzie, Swepmec First Nation Youth; Ruth Hanson, Voices of Future Generations; and additional youth and Indigenous leaders
  • Bill White, Snuneymuxw Elder, and additional Elders including Bill Myers, Dr. Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony, Nancy Myers, and Larry Green
  • Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria (Martin Bunton)
  • Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, University of Victoria (Sybil Seitzinger)
  • Ryerson University, School of Child and Youth Care, Canada (Tara Collins)
  • Concordia University, Applied Human Sciences (Natasha Blanchet-Cohen)
  • Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University (Michael Ungar)
  • University of California at Davis, Centre for Regional Change (Nancy Erbstein)
  • Chiang Mai University, Mekong Social Research Centre, Thailand
  • Global Child Forum (Fiona Rotberg, hosted by the King and Queen of Sweden)
  • Shaking the Movers Youth, Landon Pearson Centre for Children’s Rights
  • Our Children’s Trust – Youth-led environmental justice (Andrea Rogers)
  • Right to Play (Brijpal Patel)
  • African Child Policy Forum (Ethiopia), Arigatou Foundation, IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and World Vision
  • IICRD Team Members Philip Cook, Zorah Staar, Katie Shaw-Raudoy, Simon Jackson, Laura Lee, Sabrina Bonfonti, and Laura Wright
Cooperation Info

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Contact Info

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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+1 (250) 891-2424

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