Indigenous peoples have lived with and developed relationships with other species/beings (e.g. water, fishes) for thousands of years. During this time, lessons were learned, stories were told, songs were sung, norms developed that shaped how these indigenous people used, respected, and cared for these other beings. Many of the ways in which indigenous people learned about their environments remain important today and help to guide relationships. We encourage presentations that speak to the relationship indigenous people have developed with species/beings especially as to how these relationships affect water and foods. We also encourage topics that explore how indigenous knowledge can be incorporated into relationship/management plans to build social-ecological resilience and adaptation to a changing environment. Presentation length can be from 5-20 minutes in length.
Aaron Shultz, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), [email protected]