GS 15 FWS Leadership
Summary and Objectives:
Native peoples have lived from, with, and as a part of the environment since time immemorial, and as such, have a direct connection to the USFWS mission. During this immersive training, USFWS leaders will explore ways to honor our nation-to-nation relationship and engage directly with Elders and Tribal Leaders to build trust and respect through culture and knowledge sharing. Service leaders will commit to a process that takes Indigenous knowledge and culture to heart when addressing the challenges we face: health, economic, racial justice, and climate crises — all of which disproportionately impact Native Americans, Alaska Native people, s and Native Hawaiians Communities.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the basis of the federal trust relationship and responsibility to Tribes including the USFWS Native American Policy.
- Eliminate barriers and build trust and respect with Native peoples by developing an awareness of different cultures and communication styles.
- Describe the concept of Indigenous Knowledge and its importance to Native people.
- Understand the USFWS commitment to Native American self-determination and support for strengthening such with Tribes through a collaborative and co-management partnership.
- Identify ways the USFWS can work with Tribes and Native Peoples to collaboratively steward natural and cultural resources (co-stewardship).
Communication - Basic, Empathy - Basic, Listening - Basic, Partnering - Basic, Relationship Management - Basic