A dozen young people sit on a conference stage.
The conference focused the final plenary on youth involvement in addressing climate change and featured this panel of young people from around North America, and a few from as far away as New Zealand.

This month, Kelli, Katie, and David represented GLOS at the National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference in St. Paul, MN.

The event brought together an international audience of “knowledge holders on climate change and resilience efforts with an emphasis on the intersection, inclusion and honoring of Traditional and Indigenous Knowledges.”

For us, it was an extremely valuable time of listening to and learning from Indigenous communities and their supportive stakeholders in our region to understand where best GLOS can provide added value to their efforts.

“The idea of thinking seven generations ahead isn’t a new concept, especially to our Indigenous partners. Devising long-term solutions to climate-related issues in a respectful, truly collaborative way is the challenge and our focus.” said Katie Rousseau, Smart Great Lakes Liaison.

Talks covered a range of climate topics including:

  • Coastal resilience.
  • Data sharing and access.
  • Traditional food and sustainable agriculture.
  • Decolonizing science, management, and collaboration.


GLOS sponsored the event and hosted a table where we were able to talk with dozens of attendees. Besides demoing Seagull we got to chat about Smart Great Lakes and the potential for a Indigenous-led Smart Great Lakes Initiative.


After-hours, GLOS brought home first place at trivia night, certified by Bill (right). Minneapolis will never be the same.