National Tribal Leadership Climate Change Summit Virtual Sessions: Session #1- Tribal Climate Change Policy
The Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians (ATNI), National Congress of American Indians (ATNI), United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), and Pacific Northwest Tribes will host the National Tribal Leadership Climate Change Summit from October 2020 to May 2021. The Summit will convene Tribal Leaders, youth, and staff from Tribal Nations, First Nations, and Indigenous communities worldwide and will begin with a series of virtual sessions focused on critical climate change topics. Collectively, participants will have an opportunity to engage in presentations and discussions around three goals:
Build on the knowledge and shared experiences of climate change impacts.
Learn how to use our traditional knowledge to develop approaches that assert Tribal leadership and perspectives in climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency.
Foster pathways to influence climate policy regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The Summit will include internationally renowned plenary speakers, participatory breakout sessions, youth sessions, climate solution exhibition, and more. The Summit will culminate in developing a policy platform to ensure that Tribal Nations, First Nations, and Indigenous communities are leading in moving climate policy forward in the United States and worldwide.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our steering committee has adjusted the format of the Summit to include four virtual sessions that begin in October 2020 and will (tentatively) culminate with an in-person meeting on May 16th, 2021.
>> VIRTUAL SESSION I: TRIBAL CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY
Tuesday, October 13th >> 10:00am – 1:00pm (PST)
Please join us as we kick off our first of four virtual sessions this fall and winter. Session I will focus on Tribal climate policy and climate change implications for Tribes, First Nations, and Indigenous communities. Tribal policy experts will also present a Tribal analysis and discussion on the key pillars of the recently released action plan from the House Select Committee on Climate Crisis “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.” The Summit and virtual sessions’ goal are to formulate and advance a proactive, tribally-led national climate policy agenda.
In addition, there will be a Youth Climate Leadership Virtual Workshop that is scheduled for Friday, October 9th. More details to come.
SESSION I GUEST SPEAKERS:
- U.S. Representative Susan Bonamici
- ATNI President, Leonard Forsman (Suquamish Tribe)
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee (Invited)
- NCAI President, Fawn Sharp (Quinault Nation)
- Samuel Schimmel, Youth Steering Committee Member
Eddie Sherman (Diné + Umóⁿ’hoⁿ)