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Traditional Ecological Knowledge

General TEK Resources Link
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Traditional Knowledge
These webpages include information on traditional knowledge in relation first foods, resource management, safeguarding indigenous knowledges, and indigenous perspectives on climate change.

Ecological Society of America TEK Section - webinars and resources
These resources give a brief introduction to Indigenous Knowledges, also known as Traditional Ecological Knowledges (TEK). It also includes past webinars about Indigenous Knowledges hosted by the Ecological Society of America.
TEK & Climate Change Link
Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives
These guidelines are intended to meet multiple goals. First and foremost, these guidelines are intended to be provisional. They are intended to increase understanding of the role of and protections for TKs in climate initiatives, provide provisional guidance to those engaging in efforts that encompass TKs and increase mutually beneficial and ethical interactions between tribes and non-tribal partners.

U.S. Forest Service – Exploring the Role of TEK in Climate Change Initiatives
This synthesis examines literature that specifically explores the relationship between TEK and climate change. The synthesis describes the potential role of TEK in climate change assessment and adaptation efforts. It also identifies some of the challenges and benefits associated with merging TEK with Western science, and reviews the way in which federal policies and administrative practices facilitate or challenge the incorporation of TEK in climate change initiatives. The synthesis highlights examples of how tribes and others are including TEK into climate research, education, and resource planning and explores strategies to incorporate TEK into climate change policy, assessments, and adaptation efforts at national, regional, and local levels.

Tribal Engagement Link
Building Authentic Collaborations with Tribal Communities: A Living Reference for Climate Practitioners
The Climate Science Alliance has worked with several partners from across their networks to compile a living reference for climate practitioners. This guide provides important information, key resources, and listed actions to take prior to reaching out to build new relationships with Tribal communities.

Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Guidelines for Conducting TEK Interview
The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is an intertribal agency that assists its eleven member tribes with the co-management of their off-reservation treaty rights to hunt, fish, and gather in the ceded territories. Healthy resources in abundant number are necessary to continue Anishinaabe bimaadiziwin (lifeways) and to meet spiritual, cultural, medicinal, subsistence, and economic needs. Since its formation in 1984, GLIFWC has sought to infuse Anishinaabe culture and values in all aspects of its mission, and has done so by incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into various natural resource management plans, and rules and regulations.

While there is a lot of research conducted in the North, Arctic research agendas, questions and methodologies are often determined in the South. Arctic communities are often not meaningfully engaged, consulted or informed. What counts as meaningful engagement and effective incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge into research is often left to individual researchers to interpret. The Ikaarvik youth who wrote these recommendations would like to make it easier for researchers to understand what meaningful engagement and incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge into research means at the community level in Nunavut. We are a group of youth from different Nunavut communities who are all interested in improving relationships between researchers and northern communities, and seeing more meaningful incorporation of IQ into research. We have been working on this for four years and came together in Cambridge Bay, NU November 19-23, 2018 to create these recommendations.

Tribal Adaptation Menu including Guiding Principles for Interacting with Tribes
Developed as part of the Climate Change Response Framework, the Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu is designed to work with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) Adaptation Workbook, and as a stand-alone resource. The Menu is an extensive collection of climate change adaptation actions for natural resource management, organized into tiers of general and more specific ideas. It also includes a companion Guiding Principles document, which describes detailed considerations for working with tribal communities. While this first version of the Menu was created based on Ojibwe and Menominee perspectives, languages, concepts and values, it was intentionally designed to be adaptable to other indigenous communities, allowing for the incorporation of their language, knowledge and culture. Primarily developed for the use of indigenous communities, tribal natural resource agencies and their non-indigenous partners, this Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu may be useful in bridging communication barriers for non-tribal persons or organizations interested in indigenous approaches to climate adaptation and the needs and values of tribal communities.