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FEMA Tribal Listening Session on the Draft National Resilience Gidance

October 24, 2023 @ 2:00 pm CDT

Dear Tribal Leader Letter
Framing Paper

October 24 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern

Indigenous peoples maintain place-based knowledge that represents thousands of years of managing relationships with natural resource. This diversity embodies multiple ways of understanding resilient interactions between humans and the ecosystem. Traditional cultural and ecological knowledge is sound science and has been passed down for generations through oral traditions. FEMA acknowledges that Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples have built and maintained resilience through traditional ecological knowledge well before non-Indigenous people came to North America or the United States became a country.

FEMA is leading an effort to create national resilience guidance and resources for the whole community to help everyone understand and fulfill their critical roles related to increasing national resilience. The guidance and resources will promote a common understanding of resilience, incorporate the impacts of and relationship between chronic stressors and shocks, address the critical roles of all stakeholders, and inspire people-centered planning approaches to increasing community and national resilience. The guidance will also recognize that resilience is more than just being prepared for disasters and encompasses a wide swath of social, economic and environmental issues.

To better serve Tribal Nations and to provide the most inclusive guidance to all, FEMA will host a Tribal listening session to provide an overview of the draft resilience guidance and to gather feedback from Tribal leaders about resilience. FEMA’s ultimate goal for this listening session is to ensure Tribal Nations perspectives and experiences are reflected in this guidance.

The virtual tribal listening session will be hosted on the Zoom for Government platform.

Written Comments:
To submit questions in advance of the listening session, please email To submit comments in response to the Oct. 24 tribal listening session, please email on or before Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.


October 24, 2023
2:00 pm CDT
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