important in the natural environment. Multicultural alternative views promote
participatory action research. Cultural literacy is
necessary to collaborate peacefully internationally, especially with climate
change on the horizon. TEK and western science must be friends.
TEK Initiative is an organization founded in 2010 from its beginnings as an annual TEK conference by University students Valerie Goodness and Chris Dunn with the direction and wisdom of Elder Gail Woodside and many Tribal Natural Resource Managers. Currently TEK Initiative's main five goals are:
To promote Traditional Ecological Knowledge in natural resource sustainability in collaboration with western science
To promote Indigenous TEK expertise as facilitators and partners in transboundary conservation dialog
To promote tribal and indigenous people inclusion, nationally and internationally, in ecological conservation and natural resource sustainability issues
To promote education curriculum inclusion of TEK for all ages
To promote conferences, events, and conventions in TEK, based in sustainability science, and in collaboration with multicultural and social sciences
By offering culturally inclusive ecopedagogy to our global family about how they can make conservation and natural resource sustainability conscience choices in their daily lives, we hope to improve the health of our Earth Mother for future generations by including the voices of Indigenous environmental conservationists.