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Native Earth 2019: Environmental Youth ProgramApplication

A weeklong educational experience for indigenous youth focused on land skills and environmental stewardship, including traditional ecological knowledge and academic environmental science. Deadline: June 30, 2019. We will notify you with our decision by July 5, 2019. Apply online: www.esf.edu/nativepeoples/nativeearth.htm

Call for applications to the UNESCO-sponsored Caribbean regional workshop “Mobilizing indigenous and local knowledge solutions: addressing climate impacts and vulnerabilities”

Scheduled to take place on 3-5 September 2019 in Georgetown, Guyana, the workshop will gather region-wide actors and communities using indigenous or community-based knowledge in coping with changes in climate, weather, and the natural environment. The aim is to create a regional overview of how local and indigenous knowledge can boost social and ecological resilience and address the impacts of climate change. Likewise, the event seeks to highlight the complementarity that may exist between this knowledge and national and regional scientific capacity, seeking to build an indigenous and local knowledge basis for a policy dialogue in relation to international environment/climate agreements.

Interested applicants must submit a case study, research, narrative or testimony that relate to one of the themes described in the call available at: https://en.unesco.org/conference/lik-climate-caribbean. The deadline for applications is June 21.

Some financial support is available for travel and accommodation, with priority given to knowledge holders, both women and men, from indigenous and local communities based in the Caribbean region.

Terralingua Young Adult Storytelling Opportunity

Terralingua — the world’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and protecting biocultural diversity — believe that a great way to share these gifts is through personal stories of how young Indigenous people are connecting with their ancestral languages, cultural traditions, and land-based knowledge and practices. That is why we have created the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle, a global online gathering of those stories — and we invite you to be a part of it!

If you are an Indigenous person aged 18–30 and would like to tell about your experiences connecting to your ancestral languages, cultures, and lands, we want to hear from you!

We’ll review stories and publish them online on an ongoing basis throughout the year. However, for a chance to have your story selected for publication in Langscape Magazine, please send it by July 1 for the Summer 2019 issue, and by October 1 for the Winter 2019 issue.
http://www.terralinguaubuntu.org/Langscape/Volume_8/indigenous-youth-call-for-stories?sfns=mo&fbclid=IwAR3q1JhF-luNiHwU3UfqHlcDtkRlpXz3pXRVhpOzQFXzGEHrclq71ZHpB9E

Applications Open for the 2019 Climate Strong! Educator Institute

Join a growing network of teachers and community educators who are engaging youth in climate leadership and community resiliency by attending the 2019 Climate Strong! Educator Institute, July 8-12, at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI and field locations within Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay region including the Bad River and Red Cliff tribal communities.

This professional development opportunity is designed to build climate teaching and leadership competencies in formal and informal educators, community leaders, and youth educators especially those serving tribal youth. The training integrates Oijbwe traditional ecological knowledge and leadership teachings, place-based investigations, and climate research.

Institute applications are now being accepted with enrollment limited to 30 participants. There is no cost to attend. Stipends and follow up support including mini-grants for youth-led community climate resiliency projects are available. Participants will receive multi-disciplinary teaching tools and resources that will build climate leadership confidence and capacity, both personally and in the youth they serve.

Climate Strong! is a partnership between the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 1854 Treaty Authority, and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, with funding through a NOAA Climate Resiliency Grant.
For more information, Institute agenda, and an application visit the Climate Strong! website https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/nglvc/climate-strong/ or contact Cat Techtmann, University of Wisconsin-Extension Environmental Outreach Specialist at catherine.techtmann@ces.uwex; phone 715.561.2695.

Tribes and First Nations Climate Change Summit 2019

July 30-31, 2019
Airway Heights, WA
http://atnitribes.org/climatechange/events/
The 2019 Tribes and First Nations Climate Change Summit will convene leaders from Tribes and First Nations throughout the Pacific Northwest and North America to advance tribal climate change policy and action. The Summit will focus on tribal climate change resiliency, protecting and applying Traditional Knowledges in climate change initiatives, and implementing a unified tribal climate change policy agenda. The Summit will also include a tour of the Spokane Tribal Housing Program solar project.

Artic Futures 2050 Conference

September 6-9, 2019
Washington D.C.
https://www.searcharcticscience.org/arctic-2050/conference-2019
Arctic Futures 2050 will explore the opportunities and challenges for deeper dialogue between scientists, Indigenous knowledge holders, and those making and influencing policy. Our goal is to facilitate such dialogue and avenues to sustained collaboration. To that end, this conference asks:

  • What do we know, and what do we need to know about the Arctic, and why does it matter?

  • What challenges confront policy makers in the rapidly changing Arctic?

  • What basic research is needed to inform responses to Arctic change?

  • What applied research is needed to inform responses to change?

  • What tools can facilitate informing policy making with science and Indigenous knowledge?

  • What opportunities exist for partnerships between policy makers and scientists?

Invitees will include Arctic scientists; Indigenous knowledge holders; policy makers; natural resource managers; and military, industrial, and other operators in the Arctic.

Geological Society of America Conference

September 22-25, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona
The session T199 Enhancing the Geosciences by Empowering Indigenous and Latinx Students will be held at the Geological Society of America. Here is more information about the conference: https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2019/home. Please consider submitting your abstract for the session T199 “Enhancing the Geosciences by Empowering Indigenous and Latinx Students.” This session’s objective is to empower indigenous and Latinx scholars to integrate their traditional knowledge systems with Western science in order to achieve a transformative educational experience that will enhance STEM concepts for all students. The abstracts deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time n June 25, 2019. This session is supported by the Geoscience Education Division. I will be serving as co-chair with Dr. Darryl Reano. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Ángel A. García Jr., Ph.D, Visiting Assisstant Professor of Geology, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University. Garci4aa@jmu.edu

Society for Ecological Restoration Conference

September 24-28, 2019
Cape Town, South Africa
The theme of this conference is to discuss the link between land and water and human communities. The main goal of the conference is to encourage a holistic approach to landscape restoration. Talks will include discussions about restoration in cultural landscapes, water security, economics of restoration, and restoration on a global scale. For more information go to https://ser2019.org/

Last updated: June 18, 2019