Learning Series on Research and Land Stewardship Collaborations with Indigenous Peoples

We are pleased to share that GCSE and the Land Peace Foundation will be leading a second learning series, Research and Land Stewardship Collaborations with Indigenous Peoples, which began October 27. The upcoming sessions will build on what we learned during the inaugural series, Indigenous Knowledge & Western Science: Collaboration, Relationship, and Climate Solutions. Learn more about our collaborative work.

During these interactive sessions, participants will learn from case studies, hear first-hand accounts from Indigenous and non-Indigenous collaborators, and discuss practical protocols for engagement and collaboration. 

Series Details & Upcoming Sessions

Registration is free and open to everyone. Please complete the form below to register for the whole series, and feel free to share this form with interested friends and colleagues.

Prior to the start of the Learning Series, participants are invited to review several articles detailing examples on how to engage in research and land stewardship collaborations with Indigenous peoples. The articles range from local-university relations, national-agency protocols and practices, and international-NGO frameworks for partnership. Each article also emphasizes different elements of the university, government agency, and NGO collaborations that are possible with Indigenous peoples, and what potential challenges and pitfalls may arise. 


Register Today

  • Group Discussion: Case Studies of Collaboration and Relationship-Building

    • October 27, 2021, 12:30–2:00 pm ET
    • In the first session, we will discuss a range of issues reflected in the pre-session reading, which will be sent to registrants. Topics include, but are not limited to: 1. How to build trust, 2. How to share power, 3. How to manage and address ‘data’ sharing related to indigenous knowledges. 4.  How to value and integrate different knowledge traditions, and 5. How to communicate your collective work with Indigenous peoples, and more.
  • Panel Discussion: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Collaboration Successes and Challenges 

    • November 17, 2021, 12:30–2:00 pm ET
    • In Session 2 we will join a panel of experts to address the subject matter discussed in Session 1.  This panel will consist of authors and experiences in the field and will reflect the local, national, and international frameworks presented in the materials for session 1. Panelists will provide valuable on-the-ground insights on how to engage this work from three perspectives: university, government agency, and NGO. Panel members will discuss the best practices and frameworks for building research and land stewardship collaborations with Indigenous peoples.
  • Discussion: Synthesis & Integration

    • December 8, 2021, 12:30–2:00 pm ET  
    • In session 3, we will come back together to share lessons learned and tools identified, answer remaining questions on the course materials, and discuss the future collaborations and frameworks that participants may be engaging or contemplating.


Sherri Mitchell sitting on a rock by a pretty lake

Series Facilitator- Sherri Mitchell, Indigenous Rights Attorney and Founding Director of The Land Peace Foundation

A portrait of Darren Ranco in  front of a nice bookshelf

Series Facilitator- Darren Ranco, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Native American Programs and Research, University of Maine

Laura Weiland stands in front of some trees

Series Host- Laura Weiland, The Land Peace Foundation

Session 2 Panelists

  • Kyle Whyte, Potawatomi Nation, Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
  • Daniel R. Wildcat, Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, Director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center, Indigenous & American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. 
  • Angie Reed, Water Resources Planner for Penobscot Nation 
  • Jan Paul, Water Quality Field/Lab Technician for the Water Resources Program in the Penobscot Nation 
  • Bridie McGreavy, Associate Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. 
  • Margarita Mora, Managing Director of Partnerships at Nia Tero
  • Paul Roughan, Sky Islands Initiative Team Lead at Nia Tero 


Allied Organizations

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