North Central CASC Publishes Storymap on Braiding Western Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Tribal Climate Adaptation

The NC CASC has published a dynamic storymap that guides the equitable integration of Western science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to support Tribal climate adaptation efforts, fostering respectful collaborations and empowering Indigenous climate leaders.

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North Central CASC Publishes Storymap on Braiding Western Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Tribal Climate Adaptation

North Central CASC Publishes Storymap on Braiding Western Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Tribal Climate Adaptation

The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) has published a new, dynamic, climate storymap that provides guidance on equitably braiding Western science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to address the impacts of climate change on Tribal communities. The storymap aims to encourage equitable engagement in the collection, exchange, and communication of knowledge while supporting specific Tribal climate adaptation needs.

The storymap provides a foundational understanding of TEK and addresses key issues related to power dynamics, ethics, and equity in collaborations between Tribes and non-Tribal partners. It emphasizes the importance of respecting Tribal governance and supporting Tribal-led authorship within collaborative efforts.

Janna Black, the NC CASC Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison, is actively engaging and empowering a future generation of Indigenous climate leaders through this initiative. The storymap is part of broader efforts by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience (TCR) and the National CASC to assess and enhance how the Climate Adaptation Science Centers have worked with Tribal and Indigenous communities throughout the United States.

Why this matters: The storymap represents a significant step forward in equitably integrating Western science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to support Tribal climate adaptation efforts. By providing guidance and addressing key issues, it can help encourage more effective and respectful collaborations between Tribes and non-Tribal partners in addressing the impacts of climate change on Indigenous communities.

The publication of the storymap by the NC CASC demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Climate Adaptation Science Centers to engage with and support Tribal and Indigenous communities in climate adaptation efforts. "The storymap is designed to encourage equitable engagement in the collection, exchange, and communication of knowledge, while supporting specific Tribal climate adaptation needs," according to the NC CASC. It represents an important resource for Tribes, researchers, and policymakers working to address the challenges posed by climate change in Indigenous communities across the United States.

Key Takeaways

  • NC CASC published a climate storymap on equitably integrating Western science and TEK.
  • The storymap addresses power dynamics, ethics, and equity in Tribal-non-Tribal collaborations.
  • It emphasizes respecting Tribal governance and supporting Tribal-led authorship in collaborations.
  • The storymap is part of efforts by BIA TCR and National CASC to enhance Tribal engagement.
  • The storymap represents a significant step in supporting Tribal climate adaptation efforts.