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The Role of Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives

Presented by: Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), Northern Arizona University
Speakers: Mike Montoya (Mescalero Tribal Fish Hatchery), Neil Patterson, Jr. (Tuscarora Environment Program), Cheryl Shippentower (Department of Natural Resources)

The significance and role of traditional knowledges is being explored among indigenous groups, and within many regional and national climate change initiatives. This webinar will explore the ways in which indigenous traditional knowledges may inform understanding how climate change is impacting indigenous cultural resources and life ways, and help lead to culturally-relevant adaptation strategies.

The webinar will also examine the critical need for indigenous peoples and non-indigenous entities to understand what may be at risk when traditional knowledges are shared in non-indigenous forums, and what is needed to ensure that traditional knowledges are only shared with the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of indigenous governments and knowledge holders. Recognizing and obtaining FPIC can help bolster successful collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous partners through equitable relationships, reduced disputes through mutual understanding of roles and responsibilities and lead to culturally appropriate adaptation strategies. The webinar will also share the experiences of the Yurok Tribe in utilizing traditional ecological knowledge to inform climate change priorities.

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