Education & Outreach

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program of the US Department of Energy has an education program with a Homeroom, Study Hall and Teacher’s Lounge. ARM has published a paper on The Importance of Traditional Knowledge in Science Education.

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) was established in 1995 by a group of First Nation chiefs from across Canada in response to the need for First Nations themselves to address the environmental issues affecting their lands and resources. The CIER offers research, technical services and education & training services to Indigenous communities, governments and private companies in four inter-related topic areas: forests, climate change, water, and sustainability.

Climate Change North is an educational website created for northerners by northerners with Teacher Handouts on Local Knowledge and Ecological Monitoring.

Dialogue between nations (DBN) is an interactive global communications network and educational forum on indigenous peoples and their nations in relation to the goals of the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations International Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004). DBN programming focuses on the points of view shared between visitors to the site in response to pre-recorded clips and statements, official documents and other resources.

The Earth Restoration Corps (ERC) trains youth for sustainable jobs in Earth restoration, creating alternative livelihoods and alleviating unemployment by developing a new ecologically sensitive eco-economy.

The Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Projectproduces a variety of media and educational materials - films, videos, DVDs, articles, photographs, school curricula materials and Web site content - to deepen public understanding of sacred places, indigenous cultures and environmental justice. Their mission is to use journalism, organizing and activism to rekindle reverence for land, increase respect for cultural diversity, stimulate dialogue about connections between nature and culture, and protect sacred lands and diverse spiritual practices.

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) seeks to transform public understanding of environmental issues by training and supporting a diverse network of visionary, action-oriented emerging leaders.

The First Nations Forestry Program (FNFP) is a joint initiative between Natural Resources Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. The FNFP builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensure a clean, healthy environment and to create opportunities to build strong communities through working with First Nations.

The Forest Stewardship Council Canada Working Group offers a Forest Certification for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

The Gathering for Ecoculture is an annual event to create a sustainable partnership with our public schools and to integrate ecoculture as a long-term and replicable model for a national ecological and multi-cultural program. Leaders will encourage and guide teachers to begin the process of viewing their environment from a different perspective using: tribal stories, folklore and mythology, songs and dances. Core curriculum subjects being covered are science and social studies, drama and film, fine arts and journal writing.

Global Response empowers people of all ages, cultures, and nationalities to protect the environment by creating partnerships for effective citizen action. At the request of indigenous peoples and grassroots organizations, Global Response organizes urgent international letter campaigns to help communities prevent many kinds of environmental destruction. Global Response involves young people as well as adults in these campaigns to develop in them the values and skills for global citizen cooperation and earth stewardship.

Indigenous Action Media (IAM) recognizes that mainstream media often overlooks and sometimes purposefully neglects the critical concerns of many of our native communities. IAM focuses on helping indigenous youth address environmental and social justice issues through creative forms of media outreach by offering documentary videography training, basic media planning/strategizing and organizing workshops. IAM also produces documentaries on critical issues affecting indigenous communities

The Indigenous Knowledge Teaching Module (UNEP, UNESCO, and Griffith University) illustrates ways that indigenous knowledge may be integrated into environmental education and, thereby, bring the benefits of: helping to 'save' indigenous knowledge; encouraging teachers and students to gain enhanced respect for local culture, its wisdom and its environmental ethics; providing alternative ways of teaching and learning locally relevant knowledge and skills; and beginning the process of 'rewriting' Western perspective in education.

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) – eLearning for Sustainable Development – offers eCourses that have been designed for national and local-level policy makers committed to implementing sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. All courses are free, short, practical and self-paced and include additional resources with one module on Local and Indigenous Knowledge for Adaptation to Climate Change.

The International Museum of Cultures – capturing the imagination of children and adults through education – hopes to be a window on indigenous people of the world and to create greater appreciation for ethnic and cultural diversity, thereby furthering mutual respect and peace between peoples.

Lauravetlan is an information and education network of indigenous people based in Russia.

The Native Movement is a grassroots organization dedicated to awareness, action, and advocacy with a vision of strong and healthy indigenous nations motivating the world's peoples toward balanced relations with each other and Mother Earth. The Movement promotes, supports and implements leadership programs that instill traditional values and contemporary understanding of local and global issues.

Original Voices (OV) is a program of the Ink People Center for the Arts. Suggested classroom activities and points of discussion are dispersed throughout the exhibit to enhance the learning experiences of students on an eighth grade level and above.

Sila: Clue in to Climate Change is a national traveling exhibition project that explores climate change in the Arcticand other places in the world. Sila is an Inuktitut word that means climate and all things around us in the environment. A Teacher's Guide for the Video Sila Alangotok - Inuit Observations on Climate Change