Bringing western science and policy together with Traditional Knowledge and values from indigenous communities for ocean planning is lacking and a framework is needed. This article by Kawerak Social Science Program Director Julie Raymond-Yakoubian in collaboration with Raychelle Daniel of the Pew Charitable Trust articulates indigenous perspectives about the ocean and a culturally appropriate methodology developed in the Bering Strait region for a visioning process that can be used to bridge western and indigenous value systems. Recommendations for an indigenous approach focused on inclusion, the examination of values, adequate representation, and Tribal direction in ocean planning and policy are made. This approach is needed to move forward on a path to achieving more equitable, sustainable and inclusive ocean planning for the future.

This article is based in part on workshops hosted and lead by the Kawerak Marine Program. It is featured in the Marine Policy journal, the leading journal of ocean policy studies.