Program areas at Nia Tero Foundation
Uphold: place-anchored partnership with indigenous peoples:nia Tero is committed to working alongside indigenous peoples in geographies central to the well-being of all humanity. Our initial regions include the pacific islands, amazonia, and the boreal forests of canada, where we work with indigenous peoples who share a collective territory and have strong governance systems in place to protect their homelands and waters. In addition to our growing network of partners in regions, we also are partnering on an initiative called the wayfinders circle, a fellowship of 12 initial members from across seven socio-cultural regions with a willingness and capacity to share their vision and experiences to inspire all people to re-imagine development, conservation, and the way we relate to each other and earth. (sched. O) in total, our place-anchored partnerships support indigenous peoples who are guardians of over 100 million hectares of territory.
Science & learning:nia Tero is committed to gathering knowledge that can enable measurement of the impact of our partnerships through both standard social and ecological indicators as well as indicators of well-being defined by our indigenous partners themselves. This includes developing systems that combine traditional environmental metrics with biocultural metrics that are defined and measured by our indigenous partners.
Expand: amplification and scaling:in order to expand recognition and support for indigenous guardianship worldwide, Nia Tero is pursuing three ongoing bodies of work that integrate both our place-anchored partnerships as well indigenous peoples, as well as aligned organizations, networks and initiatives, outside of those partnerships. First, through grantmaking, convening and direct technical support to indigenous peoples and their chosen allies, we provide support to strengthen policy frameworks, security and self-governance of indigenous peoples. Second, through strategic convening and facilitation, as well as targeted grantmaking and fundraising, we are working to increase direct financing for indigenous guardianship. (see schedule o) and lastly, through compelling storytelling and communications, we support the elevation of voice, ways and means of indigenous peoples to increase awareness of indigenous guardianship and inspire change.