2019 WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program

WIPO has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest to be the next WIPO Indigenous Fellow. In line with the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program, the new WIPO Indigenous Fellow will be appointed for one year, renewable once for another year, to start in December 2018 or January 2019. Expressions of interest should be submitted by September 21, 2018, in accordance with the guidelines provided in the Call.

Tuyuryaq: Decolonizing Workshop

October 24-26, 2018
Lewiston, Maine
The registration is now open for Tuyuryaq: a model for decolonizing learning on college campuses. It is a 3-day workshop focused on decolonizing learning throughout college campuses.

This workshop targets topics of decolonizing and combatting Indigenous marginalization and structural inequalities in higher education. It convenes a platform for collaborative participation accommodating a wide range of Indigenous communities, interdisciplinary scholars, students, administration and staff, and the general public. This workshop consists of an opening plenary session with Maggie Walter (University of Tasmania), followed by multiple small group workshops that facilitate immersive and sensitive discussions among participants, and concludes with a larger group discussion that highlights conference experiences, ideas and future directions. Throughout the course of the workshop guest speakers will highlight opportunities for introducing and establishing models of ‘research sovereignty’ and development of knowledge as a method of ‘co-production’ while addressing topics of appropriation, social and political impacts of ‘research’ and education systems, development of institutional resources, and support for enriched outcomes. Participants will access tools for curriculum development and deepen their understanding of ongoing colonial impacts in our current educational models. The long-term goals of this workshop will advance awareness and support for incorporation of decolonized practices of research, teaching, program support, and student involvement in campus culture that is scalable to any institution.

*There is a small number of registration fee waivers available for early career faculty, Indigenous scholars, and students. Registration limited to 150.

You can register for the event at:

Webinars hosted by the Californian Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative Tribal Team works to create opportunities for partnership between and among Tribes and other land managers and contribute to a holistic view of land management that includes tribal cultural heritage and traditional ecological knowledge. To advance this goal the Tribal Team is planning on hosting two Round Table webinars discussion this year on topics of interest to our partners.

August 13, 2018 1-2PM PT - Tribal perspectives on ecological landscape and cultural resources restoration work hosted by Ron Goode, Tribal Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe. Register Here.

October 12, 2018, 1-2 PT - Tribal perspectives on fire management – Climate factors and land management lessons learned hosted by Doe Bietz, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. Register Here.

2nd Annual National Native Health Research Training Conference

Mystic Lake Center
August 8-10, 2018
Prior Lake, MN
There will be three concurrent sessions on TEK and environmental health.

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People

By: Jim Robbins
Yale Environment 360
April 26, 2018
Key words: Alaska, holistic view, artic, Finland, TEK, traditional wisdom, Australia, climate change, environmental change, fire, Mesoamerica
Ecologists gain surprising insights from indigenous peoples. From the counter-intuitive relationship between beavers and whales, to population and migration tracking, TEK has added invaluably to western science. Beyond highlighting the utility of these partnerships, the author calls for western science practitioners to respect the lifeways and perspectives of indigenous peoples. Seeing that their cultures are valued and respected is an important part of the process.

Terri Hansen: March for Indigenous Science reflects tribal knowledge

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018
The march occurred on April 14, 2018, and was expected to draw tens of thousands of people.

Research Opportunity: Local and Traditional Knowledge, Geological Survey of Canada

The Geological Survey of Canada has a position available for research on the production, integration and utilization of local and traditional knowledge for permafrost studies in Nunavut. The position is available immediately and would extend until March 2020.

Given local and traditional knowledge (LTK) collected as part of existing GSC activities, the candidate will explore methods of integrating LTK with geological, geophysical, and permafrost data to better understand landscape change and land-use hazards in terms of infrastructure development and community sustainability. The candidate will develop recommendations for co-production of geoscience and LTK in future GSC activities.

For more information, please contact:
Greg A. Oldenborger
Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-943-4288 / 613-868-2474

TEK: Another way of understanding our natural world

By: Dr. John Morton
Pennisula Clarion
Posted March 16, 2018
Key words: Alaska, Chugachmuit, fish, berries
A group of elders is providing traditional ecological knowledge and recent observations in an effort to develop educational curricula.

$500K grant aims to preserve Cherokee ecological knowledge

February 27, 2018
Cherokee Phoenix
University of Colorado professor and Cherokee Nation citizen Clint Carroll recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to share ecological knowledge between youth and elders in a traditional way.

The Conversation: Science is catching up with indigenous knowledge

By: George Nicholas
The Conversation
Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Interesting article about animals' use of tools that has been acknowledged by indigenous peoples for centuries and just recently acknowledged by western scientists.

Native American Students Can Combine Traditional and Scientific Knowledge at SUNY ESF

By: Alex Hamer
Indian Country Today, June 20, 2017
This article discusses an environmental science program at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, run by respected professor Robin Kimmerer.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): An Interview with Dr. Michael Hutchins

By: Jordan Carlton Schaul
National Geographic Blog
January 11, 2014
Key words: Indigenous peoples, wildlife, megafauna
The author poses questions to Dr. Huchins about large-scale hunting of megafauna, description of TEK and examples, transition from subsistence to market economy, and experiences with Native peoples.

Last updated: July 9, 2018