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Native Pathways to Education
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Ecology, Environment and Education

This site contains curriculum ideas and resources drawn from environmental education, fisheries education, outdoor education and other ecologically oriented approaches to education that bring students in contact with the natural world in which they live. Anyone wishing to contribute to this site is encouraged to contact the coordinator of the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at (907) 474-1902, or send an email message to

Qanniksuq: It is Snowing
"Developed as a product of the Cultural Connections Process Model. For the STEM Teaching in Rural Areas using Cultural Knowledge Systems project."

COSEE Alaska
"Beginning in 2008, we became one of the newer centers in the national network of centers for ocean sciences education excellence COSEE, aimed at helping ocean scientists reach broad audiences with their research. We're a regional center (Alaska) with a theme of People, Oceans and Climate Change, focused on weaving together traditional knowledge and western science to share place-based knowledge of ocean climate change in the north."

International Union for Conservation of Nature
: "IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice."
This site is dedicated on Northern Indigenous views on climate change and ecology.

Traditional Knowledge in Social-Ecological System
Edited by Carl Floke
" The special feature of Ecology and Society on Traditional Knowledge in Social–Ecological Systems consists of 11 contributions, covering issues of conservation, ecosystem management, and governance in arctic, temperate, and tropical environments. These articles reflect on the difficulties, but also the potential to be found, in combining knowledge, institutional arrangements, and cultural foundations of traditional and local societies with contemporary society."

Planet Drum
Excerpt: "Planet Drum was founded in 1973 to provide an effective grassroots approach to ecology that emphasizes sustainability, community self-determination and regional self-reliance. In association with community activists and ecologists, Planet Drum developed the concept of a bioregion: a distinct area with coherent and interconnected plant and animal communities, and natural systems, often defined by a watershed. A bioregion is a whole "life-place" with unique requirements for human inhabitation so that it will not be disrupted and injured. Through its projects, publications, speakers, and workshops, Planet Drum helps start new bioregional groups and encourages local organizations and individuals to find ways to live within the natural confines of bioregions."

Waste Management in Indian Country
Excerpt: "Waste Management in Indian Country now provides information on managing hazardous waste, construction and demolition waste, industrial solid waste, mining waste, munitions waste, and municipal solid waste."

Giving Traditional Ecological Knowledge Its Rightful Place in Environmental Impact Assessment
Over the past two decades, governments and southern developers have turned increasingly to the North in their search for economic opportunities....This growing interest, and the coincident planning and investment in northern development projects, raises environmental concerns within aboriginal communities, environmental organizations, and public-interest groups...

Northwest Environmental Education Clearinghouse
In response to your need to locate environmental education information, the Environmental Protection Agency has established the Northwest Environmental Education Clearinghouse with free access to Alaskan teachers and other educators. Clearinghouse requests may be made to or calling 1-800-424-4EPA.

Mayor Eben Hopson's Testimony Before the Berger Inquiry
A Canadian Royal Commission, headed by Supreme Court Justice Thomas Berger, conducted the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, an exhaustive two-year study of the likely impact of oil and gas development throughout the Western Canadian Arctic. Mayor Eben Hopson was invited to testify before the "Berger Commission." The following is his testimony. It tells the story of how Arctic oil and gas development has been viewed by one of the most prominent political leaders in the Arctic.


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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified October 5, 2022