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Looking forward, looking back: Building resilience today community report: St. Michael, AK

January 1, 2020

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC), in partnership with the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA), designed the Looking Forward, Looking Back: Building Resilience Today (hereafter ‘BRT’) project as a series of trainings and workshops with tribal community leadership and members. The overarching goal of the project was
to collaboratively develop the Indigenous knowledge and western science knowledge for adaptation planning. We worked with five community teams consisting of up to four leaders from communities that chose to participate in
the project: Iliamna, Kotlik, Kwigillingok, Quinhagak, and St. Michael. Community teams were developed through the application process and the project duration. Community teams were encouraged to have involvement from multiple governing bodies within the community that could include the Tribal Council, city government, and village corpora- tion. The project title, with its references to the future (Looking Forward), past (Looking Back), and present (Building Resilience Today), refers to the idea that adaptation planning relies on all three perspectives. Equally important, how- ever, is the dialogue to exchange past and present information, context, and what we expect in the future. According- ly, two training sessions held at the International Arctic Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska at the beginning and near the end of the project were developed to provide community team interaction with each other and with university and federal science partners. The project team also traveled to the partner communities and held a series of onsite events with community members to document locally-relevant information and share climate science tailored to the needs and conditions of each community. This report represents the community information shared during those onsite events. The Meeting Announcement (page 5) shows the date and description of the outreach events.
The purpose of these events was to: 1) facilitate mapping of a Traditional Use Area to refine an area for climate pro- jections; 2) construct current and past seasonal Subsistence Calendars to identify important species and times of
the year; 3) document Indigenous and local knowledge from current community members about environmental changes they have observed over their lifetimes; and 4) assist with documenting what the community perceived to
be climate-related issues through photos and interviews. The agenda of the visits was co-produced with the commu- nity team. In each community, the community team and the project team co-hosted an open-to-the-public meeting and met with various groups. The community team advertised the meetings by posting community fliers, making announcements on the community radio, and reaching out to individuals that would contribute to the engagement discussions. Each community meeting focused on activities to develop seasonal Subsistence Calendars, map Tradition- al Use Areas, and document observed environmental changes. Community members spent time at stations dedicated to each of these activities working with project team members. The project team also met with various groups of indi- viduals that included village corporation, tribal council, and city representatives where additional information about observed environmental changes was gathered. This community report presents some of the information developed in these activities.

Publication Year 2020
Title Looking forward, looking back: Building resilience today community report: St. Michael, AK
Authors Community of St. Michael, Jeremy Littell, Nancy Fresco, Ryan C. Toohey, Malinda Chase
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Index ID 70243269
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center