By JoVonne Wagner and Shawn Davis, Climate Change Interns, Blackfeet Environmental Office
For this summer internship, each of us Climate Change Intern had a requirement to plan, create, and present a poster on what he or she learned or experienced throughout the program. Based on where each of us was placed during the program, our posters summarized the work we did for our assigned department under the Blackfeet Tribe and Blackfeet Environmental Office (BEO).
Tribal Departments and programs hosting us included:
At the end of the summer, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes hosted the Northwest Climate Summit at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in the Flathead, where we presented and displayed their posters. This event allowed the us the chance to show the hard work we had done. Members of the summit and audience explored the poster display and conversed with us, asking questions and sharing ideas. Each of us had the opportunity during this time to introduce ourselves and what they study and incorporate that into describing the knowledge they gained during the course of the internship.
Termaine Edmo who interned with the Blackfeet Environmental Office, assisted in the creation of the Youth Communication Plan along with two other interns. She also worked on independent projects throughout the summer, one which she dedicated to her poster, entitled, “Impacts of Climate Change on Water Quality”.
During the internship, Sierra Mason was placed at the Agriculture Department. Her poster consisted of the effect of climate change on agriculture in the Blackfeet Nation and showed what she learned about climate change during the summer.
Shawn and JoVonne discussed the health impacts of climate change on the Blackfeet Reservation. They also talked about their communications plan to address climate change to Blackfeet youth. Their main goal was to raise awareness with the general population on the Reservation.
Sandra and Rusti worked with the Native Science Field Center and their poster focused on how climate change affects Blackfeet culture and heritage. Sandra was able to shadow the Blackfeet Community College’s summer program where youth are taught the cultural significance of plants and animals to the Blackfeet.