2019 Program Archive: Collaborative Climate Adaptation Planning: Next Steps for Indigenous Training, Policy and Programming

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Collaborative Climate Adaptation Planning: Next Steps for Indigenous Training, Policy and Programming

Kyle Powys Whyte
Michigan State University
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 7
Session Type: 
Working Group

Over the last 30 years, Indigenous peoples, including staff, organizers and leadership in U.S. federally-recognized Tribes and Alaska Native entities, have developed strategies for training, policy and programming with climate scientists aimed at improving Tribes’ capacities to plan for climate change. In fact, all the previous NAFs convened Indigenous and allied environmental professionals and scientists who eventually formed 3 working groups that created policy reforms, designed ethical guidelines for collaboration (including the Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Initiatives), and spurred numerous collaborative programs. Given changes in political climate, it is an important time to have a working meeting to take stock of what has been achieved in the last 30 years and craft plans and a set of formalized guidelines for collaborations. At a recent meeting of Tribal and allied professionals hosted by the Menominee Tribe, participants recommended the development of more detailed and formal guidelines for tribal engagement, case studies, and educational programs for promoting greater collaboration between Indigenous peoples and climate scientists. This working group session seeks to engage a wider array of Tribal and allied climate adaptation professionals to gain greater specificity for how these ideas can be implemented as part of new efforts to build on previous Tribal work and create new initiatives in training, policy, and programming. Intended outcomes and products include a formal set of guidelines for tribal engagement on climate change adaptation as well as program development for an agency to indigenous community cultural exchange program.