The 2019 Tribes & First Nations Climate Change Summit will be held in Spokane, Washington on July 30-31st. This Summit will convene leaders from Tribes and First Nations throughout North America to advance tribal climate change policy and action. It 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.
Tribes and First Nations in the Pacific Northwest have made great progress in observing and documenting environmental change on their homelands, but climate change is increasing at a pace that challenges important ways of life. This Summit provides an opportunity for Tribes and First Nations across the region to learn from past work and discuss how to continue climate change studies to provide the support that communities need to adapt and thrive for generations to come. Tribal elected and appointed leaders, resource managers, health specialists, traditional elders, scientists, students and practitioners will discuss current issues along three primary Summit Tracks: Traditional Knowledges, Tribal Climate Resiliency and Advancing Policy. The deadline for submitting abstracts and for requesting a scholarship to attend the Summit is June 1st, 2019.