Last week marked the completion of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, and I now reflect on the powerful shift in narrative that occurred at this year’s meeting. For the first time in the history of this gathering, Indigenous Peoples received widespread recognition of their inherent rights, as well as appreciation for the ground-level research, analysis, and data they possess for creating solutions to our global climate crisis.

World leaders must now navigate the way forward by grounding their policy solutions in the work already being done by Indigenous Peoples who have proved themselves, time and time again, as innovative problem solvers with the specific understanding, expertise, and technology to turbo charge the changes necessary to protect our planet for generations to come.

The Christensen Fund has joined a major philanthropic and governmental commitment of 1.7B USD to support Indigenous Peoples in this important work. The field of philanthropy has a critical role to play in resourcing and supporting the capacity of Indigenous leaders in this important work. Here is how we are carrying out our commitment:

  • Approaching this work from a position of trust, giving Indigenous Peoples the flexibility and general support to solve problems from the ground-level up;
  • Removing onerous and unhelpful grant reporting requirements; and
  • Providing multi-year, consistent funding to Indigenous communities directly.

Read the full article about supporting Indigenous communities by Carla F. Fredericks at Native Americans in Philanthropy.