Building on Local & Indigenous Knowledge for Community Resilience

May 29 - June 15, 2017

The call for applications for the 2017 program is now closed. Check back soon for our 2018 offerings.

How do communities respond to the environmental, economic and equity challenges of today - and maintain their sense of identity and place? Participant will explore concepts, strategies and tools for building community resilience from a citizen-driven, culturally sensitive perspective and analyze innovative experiences for change from diverse contexts. Central to the exploration is valuing and sharing local and indigenous knowledge in ecological management, food security, governance, conflict transformation, cultural revitalization and well-being that enables communities to face both shocks and ongoing stresses. Collectively, participants determine how to influence policies, programs and practices that build resilience in their own communities.

Personal benefits

  • Strengthen competencies to analyze how different world views influence development and social change
  • Gain a critical appreciation for local and indigenous knowledge
  • Learn innovative strategies for including local and indigenous knowledge in development practice
  • Build skills for integrating local and indigenous knowledge in one’s own practice

Organizational benefits

  • Gain capacity to interact respectfully with indigenous and traditional people
  • Acquire strategies for enhancing program effectiveness and sustainability, and advocating with indigenous peoples on issues of concern

Who should take the program?

This program is ideal for heads of organizations, program developers, directors and senior staff in community-based organizations, NGOs, government departments, universities and international organizations looking to ensure that their programming is respectful of, and benefits from, local and indigenous knowledge. Indigenous people and those working in solidarity with them are encouraged to apply.

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Program costs are subject to change.

All successful applicants are responsible for the cost of travel.

Most qualified candidates receive a scholarship to assist with program costs. Please visit the scholarship page.

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