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NIHB Applauds Pope’s Embrace of Indigenous Knowledge in Addressing Climate Change

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) commends Pope Francis for his recent endorsement of incorporating indigenous knowledge in tackling the pressing issue of climate change. In a world increasingly grappling with environmental challenges, the Pope’s acknowledgment of the vital role of indigenous wisdom is a significant step forward.

The Pope’s recognition of the value of indigenous knowledge resonates deeply with the NIHB’s International work that has focused on defining and improving Indigenous Determinants of Health to improve the health and well-being of all American Indian, Alaska Natives, and Indigenous Peoples globally. By embracing indigenous perspectives on health and the environment, we acknowledge the inherent wisdom of our ancestors and the interconnectedness of all that exists. This work has paved the way for better recognition of Indigenous Peoples wisdom in addressing many global challenges.

“The National Indian Health Board has worked towards, and supports the Pope’s focus on a world view that incorporates Indigenous knowledge and determinants of health in the broader global efforts to mitigate climate change,” said Stacy Bohlen, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, NIHB CEO. “This is another acknowledgement that follows others on the international stage, that indigenous peoples hold game changing solutions to many modern problems through both longstanding knowledge and their experiences.”

NIHB recognizes that indigenous cultures hold valuable insights into sustainable living and environmental stewardship. Through millennia of living in harmony with nature, indigenous communities have developed a profound understanding of ecological systems and the interconnectedness of all living beings.

“The culture of indigenous people can heal the earth and its people,” said William Smith, a citizen of the EYAK Tribe in the Alaska Village of Valdez and Chairman of NIHB. “It is imperative that we elevate indigenous voices and incorporate their knowledge into global efforts to address the climate crisis.”

As the world continues to confront the challenges posed by climate change, collaboration must include Indigenous voices. The NIHB stands ready to promote indigenous perspectives and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

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