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Webinar: Communicating Climate Change, CTUIR Climate Adapatation Planning and Community Outreach

Presenter: Colleen Sanders, Climate Adaptation Planner, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Dept. of Natural Resources

Climate change impacts are complicated and interrelated, and planning for adaptation requires the participation of everyone. As the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) begins to think about these impacts on traditional First Foods and develop an adaptation plan, gathering meaningful participation from tribal departments, community, and government requires a level of understanding about climate change science that may not be shared by all. Developing a communication strategy that cuts across disciplines and speaks to varying levels of scientific background will ensure the larger tribal community and their cultural resource priorities are accurately represented in the final product. This webinar will introduce the CTUIR and their First Foods concept that drives their governance, provide an overview of anticipated climate impacts to these precious cultural resources, and discuss the development of climate change science communication that ties impacts to First Foods and other aspects of tribal life.

About the presenter: Colleen Sanders has worked with food and natural resource systems issues around the Pacific Northwest for nearly a decade. Having completed her B.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of British Columbia, and her M.Sc. in Community Food Systems from Washington State University, the intersection between wildlife conservation and food production in the context of global climate change has led Colleen to her work as the newly-hired Climate Adaptation Planner with the CTUIR DNR, where she works to untangle the intricacies of climate impacts to build an adaptation plan that protects and preserves tribal residents and natural resources.

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