A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



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Contents below:

     · General information

       · News & periodicals

         · Films & videos

           · Declarations

             · Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)

               · Land back movement

                 · Land acknowledgement

                   · Conservation and protected areas

                     · Waste management

                       · Climate change

                         · Select readings on Indigenous people & climate change


      · Indigenous peoples organizations ~ General

        · Indigenous peoples organizations ~ Geography

Also see:

     · Links to Indigenous perspectives on 30x30~Nature Needs Half~Half-Earth @ Landscape conservation & connectivity

General information

Aboriginal Links International

World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples @ Minority Rights Group International

Indigenous Health Indicators

Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks)

     · Archived in 2015

Native Land Digital

     · “ app to help map Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages....We strive to map Indigenous

       lands in a way that changes, challenges, and improves the way people see history and the present

       day. We hope to strengthen the spiritual bonds that people have with the land, its people, and its


Native Web

News & periodicals

Climate & Indigenous Affairs @ Grist

Cultural Survival Quarterly

GuardianIndigenous peoples

Indian Country Today

Indianz.comEnvironmental issues in Indian country

Intercontinental Cry

Native Peoples Magazine

Wicazo Sa Review

Films & videos

5 documentaries exploring Indigenous wisdom and climate justice @ GreenBiz

'Indigenous Peoples live on the frontlines of the climate emergency' - UN Chief (17 April 2023)


The Territory


1992 Kari-oca Declaration

Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK)

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Lab @ Oregon State University

Landback movement

Land Governance: Current crisis and rise of Land Back @ David Suzuki Foundation

Land Back @ Wikipedia

Land(ing) Back

Land acknowledgement

Land acknowledgement @ Native Governance Center

Biodiversity conservation & protected areas

      · Also see numerous Indigenous efforts to protect bison at the Mammals page.

IPCA Knowledge Basket [Canada]

Indigenous and community conserved areas (ICCAs) Consortium & Registry

Indigenous protected areas (IPAs) @ IISD

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity

Prefigurative Park Services (PPS)

Waste management

First Nations Waste Management Initiative (Canada)

     · This resource serves as an example of a successful collaboration between indigenous peoples

       and national government.

UN Office of the high Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

     Statement on Waste in Indigenous Communities

Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Contaminant Action Program

Tribal Decision Maker's Guide to Solid Waste Management (USA)

Climate change

Climate change and Indigenous peoples @ Wikipedia

Climate Justice Alliance @ Ruckus Society

Climate Justice Initiative (CJI)

Indigenous Climate Action

International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change

International Land and Forest Tenure Facility

Indigenous peoples, lands, and resources @ Third National Climate Assessment

Skagit Climate Science Consortium

Tribal Resilience Program @ USBIA

Water Protector Legal Collective

     · "...provides legal support, advocacy, and knowledge sharing for Indigenous centered

          and guided environmental and climate justice movements."


     Indigenous peoples & climate change

     Local Communities & Indigenous People's Platform

Select readings on Indigenous people & climate change

     · Reverse chronological order

The Resilience of Indigenous Peoples to Environmental Change

     · 2020. James D. Ford, Nia King, Eranga K. Galappaththi, Tristan Pearce, et al. Elsevier Inc.

     · This article helps explain that while these communities are particularly vulnerable to the issue at

       hand, their approach of mitigation along with adaptation gives them a sort of resistance that larger

       nations lack.

     · Additionally, another important point made is that climate mitigation and sustainability require

       the combined efforts of an entire community, not just a select few individuals or groups out of an

       entire population.

Recognising the role of local and Indigenous communities in managing natural resources

for the greater public benefit

     · Case studies from Asia and Oceania region

     · 2019. Kamaljit K. Sangha, et al. Elsevier Inc.

     · Discusses how despite the effort given to protect indigenous communities from climate change,

       little attention is brought to their aid in maintaining the environments and resources that surround


     · It also goes into how these peoples care for their land not just out of necessity, but due to their

       cultures and beliefs they hold.

Climate change and indigenous peoples: A synthesis of current impacts and experiences

     · 2016, Kathryn Norton-Smith, USFS

     · ”This synthesis of literature brings together research pertaining to the impacts of climate change

       on sovereignty, culture, health, and economies that are currently being experienced by Alaska

       Native and American Indian tribes and other indigenous communities in the United States. The

       knowledge and science of how climate change impacts are affecting indigenous peoples contributes

       to the development of policies, plans, and programs for adapting to climate change and reducing

       greenhouse gas emissions. This report defines and describes the key frameworks that inform

       indigenous understandings of climate change impacts and pathways for adaptation and mitigation,

       namely, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, culture and cultural identity, and indigenous

       community health indicators. It also provides a comprehensive synthesis of climate knowledge,

       science, and strategies that indigenous communities are exploring, as well as an understanding of

       the gaps in research on these issues. This literature synthesis is intended to make a contribution to

       future efforts such as the 4th National Climate Assessment, while serving as a resource for future

       research, tribal and agency climate initiatives, and policy development.“

Braiding Sweetgrass

     · 2013, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions

     · Written by a member of the Potawatomi tribe, this book compares modern scientific approaches

       and views to climate change with values and traditions of Native American populations.

     · Through this comparison, it not only teaches these traditions, but shows that the knowledge of

       indigenous populations still holds value which should be considered in current climate talks.

Indigenous people and environmental justice: The impact of climate change

     · 2009, Rebecca Tsosie. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

     · Challenges common ideas of climate policies made to protect indigenous populations, claiming

       that these legislations do more to restrict these groups and their ability to be “environmentally


     · Section IV in particular lays out an environmental framework for these populations, establishing

       approaches that could aid these populations in adapting to climate change and better communicating

       with other nations.

Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous People

     · Subtitle:  Indigenous Peoples, Natural Environments and Climate Changes

     · 2008. Forum for Development Cooperation with Indigenous Peoples. Centre for Sami studies,

       University of Tromso

     · Covering indigenous peoples in both urban and rural environments, this conference report

       discusses how these populations suffer more from the effects of climate change than other

       populations for a variety of reasons.

     · Besides highlighting many issues in terms of climate change and negotiations, this report goes

       further by giving several proposals and various insights as to what should be done about these hurdles.

Beltran, Javier. 2000. Indigenous and traditional peoples and protected areas

     · Subtitle: Principles, guidelines and case studies. IUCN.

Indigenous peoples

William Drosos of Brandeis University contrbuted to this page in 2022.