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Invitation for Rising Voices 5! 

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Meeting theme: Pathways from Science to Action 
Register to attend by 31 January 2017:
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The 5th annual workshop of Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions will be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado from 13-15 April, 2017. The workshop will be convened in partnership with Cultural Survival and the International Indian Treaty Council.

The theme of the 5th Rising Voices workshop is “Pathways from Science to Action.” Through collaborative research presentations and group discussions we will develop specific pathways to move from science to action for climate adaptation at local, national, and international levels. Rising Voices seeks to diversify scientific research and inform culturally appropriate solutions to weather and climate extremes with a focus on Indigenous science. The fifth workshop will be an opportunity to address the climate change issues and solutions impacting Indigenous communities globally and to reflect on lessons learned and best practices gleaned from the first five years of Rising Voices. Workshop participants will address the key question: What are the collaborative pathways to create more diverse science and to move from science to action? Through new partnerships, Rising Voices 5 will contribute to the 16th meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

To attend Rising Voices 5 please register by January 31, 2017 at

Limited travel funding is available. Only those who register by January 31 will be considered for funding.

Optional event: A National Science Foundation supported, Indigenous-led training workshop for scientists (students and professionals) who are interested in learning the principles and practices for ethical and effective collaboration with Indigenous peoples will be held immediately before Rising Voices 5 on 12 April also at NCAR in Boulder. Please indicate if you would like to attend this training in your registration for Rising Voices 5, and we will send you more information about what the workshop entails. (Unfortunately, funding is not available to cover the additional night of accommodation to attend the training workshop).

For information about Rising Voices contact: Heather Lazrus (; Julie Maldonado (; Bob Gough (

The Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions program facilitates cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability and climate change. The program brings social and physical scientists and engineers together with Native American community members to assess critical community needs and to pursue joint research aimed at developing optimal plans for community action towards sustainability. Indigenous communities are particularly adversely affected by weather and climate impacts. They understand the local changes that are occurring and how their societies are impacted; scientists can provide insight on the underlying larger-scale causes and how these might change in the future. NCAR scientists and leading community members established the Rising Voices program to identify and define research and community priorities and to enable and promote important collaboration with Indigenous communities in Colorado and beyond.

Under Rising Voices social and physical scientists work together and in full partnership with community members to follow cultural protocols and understand community needs and priorities. Research collaborations are pursued that would not be possible by physical scientists, social scientists, or communities in isolation. In addition to including diverse disciplines and communities, Rising Voices also emphasizes participation of Indigenous students and early career scientists. This is an important step in rectifying the considerable underrepresentation of Indigenous populations in atmospheric sciences, decision making, and policy efforts in the United States.

Broad public participation in Rising Voices is welcomed through an annual workshop series. Participants came together from across the nation – including Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands, Alaska, Northwest, Southwest, the Plains, Midwest, RV 4 Workshop ParticipantsGulf states, and Northeast – for a rich and honest discussion regarding the complex climate change challenges facing Indigenous peoples, current adaptation and mitigation strategies, protection of Indigenous knowledge, sustainable Indigenous practices, and political and institutional barriers. Many of the Indigenous communities represented at Rising Voices are already contending with a changing climate, including displacement of Native Alaskan villages and Native Gulf Coast communities due to rising sea levels, loss of sea ice, and/or extreme hurricane activity. Additionally, severe droughts are impacting many tribes, including tribes in the Southwest and the Great Plains, which are resulting in water scarcity for domestic, agricultural, and livestock use.

Heather Lazrus -; Julie Maldonaldo -; Bob Gough -