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CNNCTS Kick-Off Meeting Held at Pala

Earlier this month, San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance gathered with partners to kick off the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS). Special thank you to the Pala Band of Mission Indians for hosting the meeting!


A group of people pose for a group photo in front of a building. A green graphical illustration containing the CNNCTS logo appears above the grouo=p.
CNNCTS partners gather for a group photo at the kick-off meeting in Pala.

On November 2-3, 2023, the San Diego State University and Climate Science Alliance teams gathered partners for the launch of the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS). The two-day meeting focused on relationship building, discussions of how best to work together, and project work plan development.


The Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS) brings together four universities and six Tribal partners, along with the Climate Science Alliance and its Tribal Working Group, a network of representatives from 20+ Tribal governments and organizations in Southern California.


Led by San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance, CNNCTS represents a paradigm shift in how climate action is visioned, led, and implemented. Reflecting both the cultural and biological diversity of southern California, CNNCTS will build capacity, support Tribal communities, and provide CSU/UC students with high-impact learning and training opportunities that leverage and transform university preserves into learning laboratories and landscapes. Aligned with and addressing California climate priorities, such as California Climate Adaptation Strategy and California’s 30x30 initiative, CNNCTS will also serve to advance applied regional climate science. Our community-based partnership will leverage local networks and Indigenous-led projects that have demonstrated successes to create a transferable, innovative, and effective model of land stewardship.


People sit at long tables facing a large projection screen with the CNNCTS project infographic. Megan Jennings stands next to a podium, facing the group.
CNNCTS Foundational Partner, Megan Jennings, presents an initial vision for the project to a room full of partners

On day 1, partners focused on getting to know each other and understanding the broad vision of CNNCTS. The day began with a welcome, blessing, and song followed by introductions and overview of the vast array of activities under the CNNCTS umbrella. After sharing a meal, the day continued with presentations and discussions around the logistics of the project and discussion around our intentions for how best to work together. 


Day 2 began with breakfast and a blessing from a Pala Elder and Knowledge Holder, followed by more in-depth discussions on our shared vision and breakout groups to shape work plans for specific project areas.


A group of people sit around a table, with laptops and notepads, in discussion.
CNNCTS partners sit in a small breakout group for developing project area work plan.

The day continued with a visit to the restoration gardens and greenhouse at Pala as a demonstration of a project within CNNCTS. Thanks to the Pala Environmental Department team for getting us outside. The kick-off meeting concluded with another shared meal and conversation around next steps.



Special thank you to the Pala Band of Mission Indians for hosting the meeting!


 

Learn more about the Collaborative for Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS) at cnncts.org.

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