Diversity is 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.
 ~Fikret Berkes~

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:

  1. To promote Traditional Ecological Knowledge in natural resource sustainability in collaboration with western science
  2. To promote Indigenous TEK expertise as facilitators and partners in transboundary conservation dialog
  3. To promote tribal and indigenous people inclusion, nationally and internationally, in ecological conservation and natural resource sustainability issues
  4. To promote education curriculum inclusion of TEK for all ages
  5. 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.


TEK Initiative
317 Sundridge Dr. (U)
Amherst, NY 14228
vgoodness@gmail.com
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