Tribal Climate Camp gets more refined every year and builds on previous knowledge, input delegates and instructors, and experiences of steering committee members in developing similar trainings.
The overall goal of TCC is to build the capacity of tribal leader teams to address climate change and associated economic, social, cultural, regulatory, and technological trends and impacts within their tribes, between tribes and between tribes and other governments, through strategic alliances with partners across Indian Country and globally.
TCC is designed for early career tribal environmental professionals who have been assigned with some level of responsibility for leading a climate change program, or professionals who know they are about to be assigned.
The teams will work with instructors on understanding lessons from successful tribal climate change programs, building support within a tribe for climate change planning, sustainable fundraising, methodologies for engaging with community members including youth and elders, the evaluation of climate change programs and the basic climate science tools tribes can use in developing programs. Through this curriculum, teams will leave the camp with a plan for how to work together to take leadership on climate change programming within their tribes.
Learning objectives will focus on building a common knowledge base in climate science and on building individual and team capacity to lead and manage for change and adaptation across departments within a tribe and between the tribe and partner agencies and organizations.
Learning Objectives and Outcomes
TCC Learning Objectives
1. Create awareness of the variety of ways in which the Tribes of the attending teams can address climate change. 2. Build capacities to use knowledge resources in climate-related sciences (social, cultural, biological, physical) applicable to Tribal programming that is flexible enough to deal with constant environmental change. 3. Engender staff capacity for improving Tribal climate change programming. 4. Develop synergy with Tribal members for creating adaptation planning that includes building support within a Tribe for climate change planning processes, including: A. Sustainable fundraising B. Methodologies for engaging community members, including youth and elders C. Approaches for engaging Tribal institutions including Tribal councils D. Ethical conduct in climate science research E. Evaluating climate change programs
Delegates will 1. Develop specific plans of action for building Tribal climate change programming in their Tribes that is responsive to the concerns of the Tribal community regarding climate change; 2. Strengthen relationships with Tribal co-workers that will form a core group of climate change programmers, able to sustain the plan of the action and recruit additional Tribal staff and Tribal citizens who are concerned about climate change; 3. Build a network of other Tribal professionals, scientists and other experts who can be turned to for advice and feedback on climate adaptation programming in the future.
How the Camp is Structured to Achieve the Goals
TCC’s curriculum is organized to provide formal and informal opportunities for the teams to engage with the instructors and work on their own. There will be five kinds of educational engagements throughout the week, including: 1. Formal presentations by instructors, 2. Team meetings and work sessions for individual teams to talk among themselves; each team meeting will be attended by a different instructor (or two). 3. Meetings mixing members of different teams for cross-pollination. 4. A final team presentation for feedback from the instructors and interaction with teams from other tribes. 5. Visit to Nez Perce (TCC host tribe) Tribal lands.
What Each Team Needs to Come Away With
The TCC hopes that by virtue of attending the camp that each team member will come away with outcomes 2 and 3 above. Outcome 1, the specific plan of action for building a climate change program for each team, will require a presentation to be developed and given by the end of the camp on Friday. The plan of action will involve a document that will also be distilled into slides for a 20 minute presentation, followed by 10 minutes of Q/A and further discussion afterwards. The presentation must have the following elements:
Plan of Action
Mission Statement and Goals for Plan of Action for developing a climate change program.
Timeline (goals for 1 year, 5 years and 7 generations)
Information about the Tribe and why the program will be persuasive to Tribal council.
Plan for how knowledge resources about climate change will be used.
Rough Vulnerability Assessment and Asset Map for relevant Tribal jurisdiction and how it will be potentially affected by climate change. (This will just be based on the attendees’ own knowledge and will serve as a rough exercise in preparation for more thorough assessment and mapping in the future).
Plan for what strategies of community engagement will be used, how traditional knowledge holders will be worked with, and how youth, students and other segments of the population will be impacted and connected to the climate change program.
Plan for how the climate change program will be financed.
Plan for how the climate change program will be evaluated.
Final comments on how the Tribal program is situated within larger policy contexts, national and international.
Each team should, ideally, have a document in note form, or set of documents, that have detailed (though rough) information for 1 through 9 above. That information should be distilled into a power point presentation that will be 20 minutes long and will be presented on Friday afternoon.
Goals and Objectives are based in understanding Native climate sensitivity
Native communities are among the most climate-sensitive groups within the Northwest, Southern and Eastern regions of the United States.