During the first half of 2021, the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) convened a Council of Indigenous scientists and educators to inform a knowledge sharing network design, focused on climate education centering Indigenous Knowledge systems. The process included catalyzing support for Indigenous community and grassroots-initiated and -led educational projects. In the second half of 2021, after much discussion, input, and recommendations from the Council, the work was transformed into three key deliverables, with the hope that future Indigenous-serving climate education organizations may be better informed in the development of educational work through these publicly available open-access tools.

The key products available include:

  1. A curated Indigenous Climate Education Literature project, including an annotated open-access bibliography for educators, students, and organizers.
  2. An Indigenous Peoples (AI/AN & Native Hawaiian) population density map overlain with FEMA National Risk Indicator zones by county, as well as ecoregions for student/educator use; this will include both a printed version to share with collaborators, as well as an open-access online map.
  3. A “Building a Fire” process to grow projects centered around core concepts of Relationality, Sovereignty, and Responsibility, in the establishment of ethical Indigenous partnership(s) and knowledge sharing, with a Turtle as the guiding metaphor.

The products are available through open-source and Creative Commons licensing.

Please visit the BuildingAFire website for the full information and products.

We also welcome you to read a summary of key lessons learned to improve knowledge sharing network activities.

This project was supported with funding from the Bay and Paul Foundations.

LiKEN contacts:

Patrick Freeland, patrickfreeland@likenknowledge.org 

Julie Maldonado, jmaldonado@likenknowledge.org