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Indigenous guardians raise the alarm on impact of climate change in Canada

Growing up in a small, remote First Nations community in northwestern British Columbia, Jarett Quock found he faced racism and stereotypes from non-Indigenous people whenever he left the reserve. The treatment took a toll on him, damaging his pride in his Tahltan Nation roots.

It was only after he began work as an Indigenous guardian – monitoring the effects of climate change on his territory – that he recovered his confidence. “Being a guardian has helped me so much on a personal level,” Quock, 31, said in an interview.