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2024 National Tribal Leaders Climate Summit

April 15 @ 8:00 am - April 17 @ 5:00 pm PDT

The Summit will engage Tribal leaders, citizens, staff, youth and collaborators in conversation about navigating the cultural, economic, and social challenges of climate change. This year’s theme, “Honoring Traditions, Shaping Futures”, reflects our commitment to preserving cultural heritage and forging a sustainable future for future generations. Our panel topics include:

  1. Empowering Tribal Youth in Climate Action  Hear from Tribal youth actively involved in climate initiatives as they share reflections and set expectations for impactful climate action. Gain insights from these leaders, rooted in their cultural and environmental heritage, exploring challenges, opportunities, and the synergy between traditional ecological knowledge and contemporary approaches. Discover methods to integrate climate education into school curricula and community programs, emphasizing collaborative efforts and mentorship structures that empower Tribal youth in driving climate initiatives.
  2. Nurturing Well-being in Tribal Communities Across Borders  Explore the nexus of cultural revitalization and wellbeing. Presenters will discuss ceremonial spaces, sacred sites, and traditional crafts, celebrating the resilience of tribal heritage. The group will share the importance of traditional foods and food sovereignty, recognizing their cultural significance. Learn about what Indian Health Services is doing to adapt their services to climate change and improve Indigenous wellbeing. Navigate the universal experience of grief within Tribal contexts.
  3. Sovereignty, Stewardship, and Global Perspectives – This session will explore strategies for asserting tribal sovereignty through discussions on “Land and Water Back,” tribally-led management, and stewardship. Speakers will delve into protecting and preserving Indigenous Knowledges and data sovereignty, focusing on the international perspective. The panel will also address the crucial aspect of funding access to support tribal initiatives pursuing environmental stewardship.
  4. Closing Panel Reflections and Discussion – This closing session is a policy exploration of climate action, weaving together the voices of Tribal youth, elders, environmental advocates, and legal experts, fostering a holistic understanding of challenges and opportunities in Indigenous-led initiatives.
To learn more and to register, visit http://atnitribes.org/climatechange/ts/.


April 15 @ 8:00 am PDT
April 17 @ 5:00 pm PDT


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