Indigenous Knowledges and Climate Resilience

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In our next Game Change Webinar, Game Change Scholarship recipient Vehia Wheeler will explore the how Indigenous knowledges can and should be used appropriately within the Pacific as a form of climate resilience.

How can we better understand the experiences of Indigenous communities when it comes to their approach to climate change? Often disproportionately impacted by the devastating consequences of global warming, there is much that can be learned from the resilience of Indigenous communities as they respond to ongoing climate disruptions.

In this webinar, Tahitian and Pacific Islander woman Vehia Wheeler, will draw on her research and lived experiences with extreme weather events to explore how we can respectfully and appropriately leverage Indigenous knowledges to help build climate resilience across the Pacific.

The webinar will be moderated by Ewelina Przybyszewski, Climate Program Manager of the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions. 

About the speaker:
This year, Vehia commenced her PhD at the Australian National University, researching ancestral land views and decolonial futures in Mā’ohi Nui (French Polynesia).

In particular, Vehia’s research is concerned with examining ancestral resiliency in the face of environmental fluctuations. She is looking at how Indigenous knowledges and methodologies from Mā’ohi Nui could help build resilience in local communities in the region who are facing the very real and immediate threats of climate change.

Read Vehia’s interview with ICEDS to find out more about her background and research.

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