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Building Authentic Collaborations with Tribal Communities

A Living Reference for Climate Practitioners

In 2021, the Climate Science Alliance and the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SWCASC) co-hosted the Southwest Adaptation Forum (SWAF), which included an engaging training experience for climate practitioners interested in fostering meaningful engagement with Tribal communities. 


Together, we strive to facilitate regular conversations on how we can cultivate meaningful and authentic collaborations with Indigenous communities and improve equity and inclusion for our staff, our projects, and within our network. Our work is successful when we are able to lift others’ voices up, make sure that climate conversations are accessible and relatable, and ensure that Indigenous ways of knowing are at the forefront of climate adaptation work.

Adapted from the 2021 SWAF Attendee Workbook, each section of this resource guide provides important information, key resources, and listed actions to take prior to reaching out to build new relationships with Tribal communities.

By sharing resources from this important discussion, our hope is that others will do their due diligence in expanding their understanding and moving their work forward in a good way where all people are valued for who they are and what knowledge they hold.


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